BEND – The Bend Elks hit three homers and topped Corvallis 12-5 to salvage the finale of a three-game West Coast League series at Vince Genna Stadium.
The Knights (12-8-1, 11-6 WCL) led 2-0 early but Bend (5-16 WCL) scored three times in the second inning and then added two homers and six runs in the fifth to assume an insurmountable 9-2 advantage.
Center fielder Chandler Anderson (Utah, pictured above) had a double, two singles and a run scored to lead the Knights. Corvallis had 12 hits but squandered several scoring opportunities and left 10 men on base.
Second baseman Chad Stevens (Portland) hit his second homer of the summer, scored twice and drove in a run. Third baseman Brendan Beck (Stanford) had two RBIs and catcher Cole Hamilton (LBCC), left fielder Cody Hawken (Portland) and right fielder Austin Feist (St. Martin’s) had two hits each. Feist clubbed his first homer.
The Knights lead Walla Walla by one-half game in the South Division after going 4-2 on a six-game road trip that began in Port Angeles, Wash. They are idle on Monday, their first off day since June 11.
Corvallis returns to Goss Stadium on Tuesday for a season-long eight-game homestand. It starts with a three-game series with the Portland Pickles, the WCL’s newest team.
Tuesday is Keep Portland Weird Night. The first 100 fans receive a pickle commemorating our first game with the Pickles. It’s also a 2Towns Tuesday, with special discounts on hard cider and $2 Tacos. Game time is 6:30 p.m.