RIDGEFIELD, Wash. — They chipped away after falling behind early, but the Bend Elks came up one run short Sunday in a 4-3 West Coast League loss to Ridgefield that marked the end of their 20th season.
After the host Raptors built a 4-0 lead through three innings, Zach Needham’s solo home run — his team-leading sixth homer of the season — provided Bend’s first run and made it a 4-1 game in the fourth.
Jack Johnson singled in a run in the fifth inning and Jake Jarvis drove in another in the sixth to get the Elks within one. But after Deron Johnson hit into a double play to end the Bend sixth, the Elks managed only one base runner the rest of the way.
Needham, an infielder from Lewis-Clark State, had three hits and finished the season as Bend’s team leader with 59 hits and a .331 batting average.
Sunday’s loss was the third in a row and fifth in the last six games for the Elks after a season-high four-game winning streak. Bend finished last in the WCL South standings for the second half of the season at 9-18. The Elks finished with an overall league record of 21-33.
— Bulletin staff report