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Walla Walla at Bend

When: 6:35 p.m. Wednesday

Justin Parsons’ run-scoring single broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning, and Bend notched a 4-2 victory over error-prone Walla Walla in the opening game of a West Coast League series Tuesday night at Vince Genna Stadium.

The key hit by Parsons, a 2016 Bend High graduate, knocked home Zach Needham, whose double started the Elks’ two-out rally in the sixth. Parsons then stole second base and scored on a Walla Walla misplay, one of five errors in the game for the Sweets, who entered the night with a two-game lead in the WCL South Division.

Gabe Gonzalez helped fuel the rally with a single, one of his two hits for the game.

Four Bend pitchers scattered eight hits. Wryland McKnight, who worked two scoreless innings in relief of starter Tyler Worrell, was credited with the victory, his first of the season.

The Elks welcomed the big home crowd of 2,081 with a run in the first inning when Chase Fernlund’s double brought home Vinny Zavolta for a 1-0 lead. Chazz Martinez got the Sweets even in the second with an RBI double that made it 1-1, where the score stood until Bend’s uprising in the sixth.

Martinez delivered a two-out RBI single in the ninth against Coen ­Wynne. But Wynne closed out the Sweets as Bend ended a two-game skid and improved to 7-9 in league play.

— Bulletin staff report

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