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WCL All-Star Game at Bend

When: 6:35 p.m. Tuesday

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Some late-inning fight kept the Bend Elks in the game Sunday. But it could not help them shake a losing streak that has now reached 10 games.

Cowlitz scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, then held off Bend at the end for a 4-3 victory that sent the Elks into the West Coast League All-Star break in a season-worst tailspin.

The Elks did provide some drama. In the eighth inning, a dazzling play by shortstop Zach Needham on a ground ball by the Black Bears’ Ryan Kim got the visitors out of a bases-loaded jam to keep it a one-run game. Then in the ninth, Brad Morgan stroked a two-out triple to get Bend within 90 feet of tying the score. But Gabe Gonzalez, whose double had ignited a two-run Elks rally in the sixth, grounded out to end the game.

Jack Johnson’s two-out RBI double and Dayton Provost’s run-scoring single accounted for Bend’s runs in the sixth inning. In the eighth, Johnson’s two-out single drove home Justin Parsons to make it a 4-3 game.

Four Elks pitchers combined to strike out eight and walk three while allowing three earned runs on seven hits. But they also hit a total of seven batters.

The WCL Home Run Derby is at Bend’s Vince Genna Stadium on Monday starting at 7:05 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks show. The WCL All-Star Game, also at Genna Stadium, is the following night — first pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. on a $2 Tuesday.

— Bulletin staff report

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