After going 6-3 on a 9 game road trip which took them through Kitsap, Bellingham and Victoria, the Bend Elks (12-10) are home again this weekend and are continuing their momentum, with a come from behind victory over the Walla Walla Sweets for their 6th straight win 13-10 on Sunday (6/29).
The Elks swept the Sweets at home after beating them Saturday 20-4, and 14-4 on Friday.
Bend swept Victoria last week. With this win the Elks (12-10) are only 2 games behind Southern Division leader, Medford (12-6) and half a game in front of Corvallis (11-10).
The Elks host the Kelowna Falcons for a 3-game series, Monday through Wednesday night (6:35p) at Vince Genna Stadium.
The game started off rough for the Elks, with starting pitcher Patrick McGuff (Jr. Morehead St) giving up 5 runs in the 1st inning including two runners forced home on bases-loaded walks.
The Elks responded in the bottom of the first when 1B Jonathan Brooks (Jr. Occidental) scored on an error.
But Walla Walla knocked in 2 more runs in the 2nd to bring the lead to 7-1.
The Elks started their comeback in the 3rd when Brooks was hit by a pitch with two outs.
C Grant Newton (Jr. Seattle U) followed with a walk, and then 3B Brock Carpenter (Fr. Seattle U) hit a single to load up the bases for RF Trevor Allen.
Allen, from Arizona State, hit a single, scoring Brooks and Newton.
Walla Walla put up another 3 runs in the top of the 5th to bring the score 10-3, but then the Elks bats came to life, scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th, and 2 in the 6th.
The Elks were down 9-10 going into the 7th and had momentum of their side.
Carpenter stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and was able to drive in OF Justin Erldandson for the tying run with a single.
The Elks proceeded to shut out Walla Walla in the top of the 8th inning.
1B Billy King (Fr. Oregon State) led off the bottom of the 8th with a double. OF Jake Peevyhouse followed with a walk. Then Bend native, OF Zack Close gave the Elks the lead 11-10 on a sacrifice grounder.
Erldandson hit a single which advanced Peevyhouse to 3rd. Erldandson stole second then Newton hit a single to drive in Erldandson and Peevyhouse to bring the Elks’ lead to 13-10.
RP Kevin Sheets (Jr. Abilene Christian) came in to for the save striking out the last 2 Walla Walla batters in the top of the 9th to secure the victory for the Elks.
Allen had one of his best games of the year going 2-5 and driving in 4 runs, while cleanup hitter, Carpenter went 3-5 with two runs and 2 RBIs. King also went 3-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.
Elks Coach Marty Hunter says that even though they fell behind early the team never gave up hope, “our kids stayed in the game, they felt that we could still come back, a lot of times you can give up runs early but you just cannot give them up late.”
Members of the Elks will be joined by Oregon State University Baseball assistant coach Aaron Mathews, and former major-leaguer Brady Clark, for their Holiday Baseball Camp Mon-Thurs at Vince Genna Stadium.