KELOWNA, British Columbia — Trent Tinglestad tormented the Bend Elks all night.
Tinglestad hit a three-run homer to get Kelowna back in the game in the sixth inning, then his two-out single in the eighth drove in what proved to be the decisive run in the Falcons’ 6-5 West Coast League victory Sunday.
The Elks (8-9 second half, 20-24 overall) rallied in the ninth inning to put two runners in scoring position, but Niko Holm, whose solo home run to lead off the eighth had tied the score 5-5, flied out to center field to end the game.
Tinglestad was 4-for-5 with five RBIs for Kelowna (3-11, 20-21), which trailed 4-1 until Tinglestad’s three-run blast tied it in the sixth.
Holm finished with three RBIs for the Elks, and Derek Chapman was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Chapman is now tied for second in the league with 37 runs scored.
A.J. Atherton made his first start of the season for Bend. He allowed one run and three hits over five innings, striking out one and walking four. Reliever Chase Thometz, the third Elks pitcher of the night, was charged with the loss.
The Elks conclude their three-game series in Kelowna on Monday night and return to Bend to open a three-game set with Yakima Valley. Game time Tuesday at Vince Genna Stadium is 6:35 p.m.
— Bulletin staff report