KELOWNA, British Columbia — George Mendazona’s two-run single keyed a five-run second inning, and the Bend Elks went on to snap a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the Kelowna Falcons on Saturday evening.
Niko Holm capped the scoring in the second inning with a sacrifice fly to center field and added a three-run double in the sixth inning that gave the Elks (8-8 second half, 20-23 overall) an 8-0 lead. Holm’s four RBIs were a season high.
In the second inning, Jaylon McLaughlin hit into an error by the Kelowna second baseman, scoring two runs before Holm’s sacrifice fly.
Grant Larson (2-2) pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, when he gave up three runs on four hits. The Chico State left-hander struck out four to win his second straight decision.
Matt Kirk pitched three shutout innings for his first save. The two pitchers combined to strand 11 Falcons runners.
The Elks moved up to fourth place in the West Coast League South Division second-half standings, 3½ games behind leader Cowlitz. Bend plays the second in a three-game series against the Falcons (2-11, 19-21) on Sunday evening.
— Bulletin staff report