When the Bend Elks take on the Cowlitz Black Bears in a regular-season-ending three-game series at Vince Genna Stadium beginning Friday evening, their eyes will be on the West Coast League scoreboard.
The Elks (13-11 second half, 25-26 overall) can still make the playoffs by either winning the South Division or finishing in a tie with Yakima Valley (14-10, 27-24) in the second-half or overall standings.
The Elks hold the tiebreaker against the Pippins because they are 2-1 against them in the second half of the season, even though the Pippins swept the first-half series.
Bend can win the South Division with a sweep of Cowlitz (13-11, 24-27) and Yakima Valley winning two of three from Corvallis (14-9, 31-19), which would then have to lose in a make-up game Monday against Wenatchee. (Corvallis wins in a three-way tie if it beats Wenatchee.)
If Corvallis wins the South Division, Bend would need to at least tie Yakima Valley in the overall season standings. The Pippins are two games ahead of the Elks overall, meaning there are two ways Bend could beat the Pippins in the overall standings:
• Bend sweeps Cowlitz and Yakima Valley wins no more than one game against Corvallis, which would win the second half.
• Bend wins two of three against Cowlitz and Yakima Valley gets swept by Corvallis, which would win the second half.
First pitch Friday in Bend is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
— Bulletin staff report