ELKS FIND WAY TO 4-3 WIN OVER MEDFORD:LEAD WCL

The Bend Elks rebounded from a rare loss on Saturday to take the rubber game of their 3 game series verse the Medford Rogues 4-3.

The Elks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when IF Tyler Davis (Jr. NW Nazarene) doubled in OF Christian Cavaness (Jr. Linwood) in the 1st.

OF Christian Cavaness scored 2 runs on 1 hit
OF Christian Cavaness scored 2 runs on 1 hit

In the 5th inning, Medford loaded up the bases, and relief pitcher Sam Boone (Fr. Washington State) gave up a walk to IF J.J. Kitaoka (Fr. U of Hawaii) forcing home IF Tony Roque (Cal St. Chico) to tie it up 1-1.

The Rogues took the lead in the 7th when C Jimmy Wright (Soph. Morehead State) nailed a solo shot home run to put the Rogues up 2-1.

C Louis Wolf had 1 hit, 1 RBI, and scored 1 run
C Louis Wolf had 1 hit, 1 RBI, and scored 1 run

However the Elks answered in the bottom of the inning, tying it up 2-2 with a C Louis Wolf (Fr. Mt. Hood CC) RBI single driving home OF Daulton Hurd (Fr. Seattle U).

IF West Tunnell (Jr. Baylor) gave the Elks the lead 4-2, hitting an RBI single, scoring Cavaness and Wolf.

 

Roque scored his second run of the game in the top of the 9th, on a sacrifice fly by N. Ethridge, closing the gap to 1 run, 4-3, but RP Daniel Beis (Fr. Gonzaga) was able to strike out Kitaoka for the final out.

SP Nate Hunter did not give up an earned run and struck out 2 in 4 and 1/3 innings
SP Nate Hunter did not give up an earned run and struck out 2 in 4 and 1/3 innings

With the win, the Elks maintain the best record in the West Coast League at 27-6.  And, Bend owns a 10 1/2 game lead over Corvallis in the South Division.

The Elks will play host to Salem Monday & Tuesday July 13-14 in a pair of Non-League exhibitions, and resume WCL action Thursday, July 16th at Walla Walla to begin a 6-game road trip ending in Yakima.

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