The Bend Elks are one game out of a West Coast League playoff spot.
With an 8-0 win over the Cowlitz Black Bears on Friday night at Vince Genna Stadium, and a Corvallis win over Yakima Valley, the Elks moved into a second-place South Division tie with the Pippins and Black Bears in the second-half standings and a game behind the Pippins in the overall standings.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the Elks (14-11 second half, 26-26 overall), Pippins (14-11, 27-25) and Black Bears (14-11, 25-27) are all 1½ games back of Corvallis (15-9, 32-19), which has already secured a playoff spot by winning the first half of the season.
The Elks still do not control their own destiny, however, as a three-way tie for first between Corvallis, Yakima Valley and Bend is possible, in which case the Pippins would make the playoffs by virtue of a better overall season record.
On Friday, the Elks’ George Mendazona went 3-for-5 with three runs scored to extend a pair of impressive streaks. The Oregon State player and Ridgeview High product now has a 10-game hitting streak and has scored in eight straight games. He is 19-for-45 (.422) with 15 runs scored and 13 RBIs in his past 10 games.
Kris Jackson (6-3) struck out six in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.43, second-best among qualifying WCL pitchers.
The Elks continue their playoff push against the Black Bears on Saturday at Genna Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Sunday’s series and regular-season finale is set for 5:05 p.m.
— Bulletin staff report