WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The Bend Elks could not get a runner on base. Then Walla Walla pulled the pitcher with the perfect game going.
Jack Pauley had Bend’s first hit with two outs in the seventh inning to start a three-run rally, and the Elks beat the Sweets 3-2 for their fifth straight win.
Sweets pitcher Darius Vines, an Oxnard College star and a 27th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2017 MLB draft, struck out 10 of the 18 batters he faced. But Vines had not pitched more than four innings in any outing this summer and was pulled after 65 pitches.
With two outs in the seventh, Collin Runge was hit with a pitch, then Pauley singled on the first pitch he saw. Matt Kroon followed with a two-run double and scored on George Mendazona’s single.
Elks starter Kris Jackson more than held his own, especially in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Jackson got one of his nine strikeouts and forced a groundout to keep the game scoreless.
Jackson (4-2) allowed five hits and two walks in eight shutout innings while lowering his ERA to 2.40. All-Star closer Khalil Rivera allowed two runs but struck out the final batter for his fourth save.
The second game in the three-game series is Saturday night.
— Bulletin staff report