After committing five errors for the second game in a row, the Bend Elks won in spite of themselves Wednesday night.
The five Bend misplays helped Yakima Valley to a big early lead, but the Elks charged back and overtook the Pippins with a five-run seventh inning en route to a 9-7 West Coast League baseball win at Vince Genna Stadium.
Colton Cosner’s two-run homer and Cal Waterman’s two-run double highlighted the pivotal seventh inning for the Elks (10-10 second half, 22-25 overall), who trailed 5-0 after Lucas Denney and Brad Beesley hit back-to-back solo home runs for Yakima Valley (9-8, 22-22) in the third inning. The Pippins scored two unearned runs on three Bend errors in the top of the sixth to go up 7-2.
The Elks got back in the game in the bottom of the sixth on a run-scoring double by Niko Holm and an RBI single by Matt Lampkin that made it 7-4. In the seventh, Cosner’s home run made it a one-run game, Waterman’s double put Bend in front, and Rocco Ferrari was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring Jaylon McLaughlin home with the game’s final run.
George Mendazona was 3-for-4 and Cosner, Holm and Waterman had two hits apiece for Bend.
On Tuesday, the Elks committed five errors in an 8-5 loss to Yakima Valley in the opener of the three-game series. The final game of the set is Thursday, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
—Bulletin staff report