North Sound did all of its scoring in the third and fourth innings Tuesday night and pinned a 6-4 nonleague loss on the Bend Elks at Vince Genna Stadium.
The Elks have the Wednesday and Thursday off before they entertain the Cowlitz Black Bears on Friday in the opening game of a three-game series to conclude the West Coast League regular season. Bend (13-11 second half, 25-25 overall in league) is currently fourth in the tight South Division standings but remains in contention for a WCL playoff berth going into Wednesday’s play. Depending on the outcome of other games Wednesday and Thursday, though, the Elks could be all but out of the hunt by the time they return to action Friday.
In Tuesday’s game, Bend took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Zach Clayton’s run-scoring single. The visiting Emeralds from Washington scored two runs in the third inning, then things got away from the Elks in the fourth when North Sound plated four runs without benefit of a hit. Three walks, three errors and a wild pitch fueled the game-breaking inning.
A generally quiet offensive night for the Elks featured a two-run single by Colton Cosner in the seventh inning that got Bend within 6-4. The Elks brought the tying run to the plate twice in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Cosner struck out with a runner on base to end the game.
Adam Kirk was the losing pitcher for Bend, giving up two runs and six hits over three innings. Hunter Breault, the last of four Elks pitcher in the game, struck out four and allowed one hit in a scoreless two innings.
— Bulletin staff report