Elks win six straight — The Bend Elks won 3-0 Sunday in Portland to sweep the Pickles. The Elks, who were 0-6 last year against Portland in the Pickles’ first season in the West Coast League, outscored Portland 23-12 in the three-game series. Coen Wynne had two saves, allowing just one hit and recording five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings. The three wins came after the Elks swept Hayesville in three nonleague games. Bend secured its first road sweep over any team since the 2015 season and matched its road wins total (three) of all last season.
Hernandez dominant on the mound — Nick Hernandez, a pitcher from High Point University in North Carolina, has yet to allow a run for the Elks this summer. In two starts, including a five-inning stint Sunday night in Bend’s 3-0 victory at Portland, Hernandez (1-0) has given up three hits, four walks and recorded eight strikeouts in nine innings.
Burgarello leading WCL in doubles — Through Sunday’s games, Bend’s Nico Burgarello, an infielder from Dallas Baptist, was tied for first in the West Coast League with six doubles. Three of Burgarello’s doubles came Saturday in an 8-2 victory over Portland. Burgarello, the Elks’ leadoff hitter and second baseman, was hitting .303 in 33 at-bats through Sunday.
Summit alum honored — Troy Viola, an outfielder from Bend playing this summer for the Bellingham Bells, was named the West Coast League’s Player of the Week. Viola, who played shortstop on Summit High’s 2016 state championship team, went 12-for-25 with seven RBIs for the Bells. Through nine games this summer, Viola, who will be a senior at San Jose State, has a .429 batting average. Viola and the Bells are scheduled to be in Bend to open a three-game series on Friday night.