Game Story. Bend, OR. July 30, 2013. The Black Bears (21-22) began a three game series against the Bend Elks (26-17) with an impressive all-around victory on Tuesday from Vince Genna Stadium. The Black Bears have 11 games remaining, and now trail the Elks by five games for the second playoff spot in the South Division.
Cowlitz relied on a strong outing by Cody Rogina and three scoreless innings of relief by Billy Sahlinger to keep the Elks at bay. Rogina threw six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out three and walking one to earn the win. Sahlinger did not allow a hit in three innings, striking out three.
Ryan Aguilar led off the game with a single, moved up to second on a sacrifice, and scored on an error to give the Black Bears an early 1-0 lead.
Bend responded with a run in each of the second and third innings, but the Black Bears recovered in the fifth inning to retake the lead. Ryan Littlefield singled to lead off the inning, and a Devon Gradford walk put runners on first and second. Kyle Knigge drove in Littlefield to tie the game at 2-2, and Devyn Bolasky walked to force in a run as the Black Bears recaptured the lead for good.
Cowlitz added three more runs in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a pair of Elks errors for two of the runs. A Derrick Salberg single scored Paul Martinez for the final tally.
Knigge finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI before exiting the game due to injury while making a defensive play in the bottom of the seventh inning. Littlefield and Salberg also had multi-hit games for the Black Bears, who pounded out 10 hits in total.
Trent Paddon (2-1, 1.76 ERA) will make the start for the Black Bears, opposite Taylor Elman (4-1, 2.78 ERA) for the Elks. Tune in to Shane Downey for all the action on KEDO AM 1400 and streaming live from cowlitzblackbears.com beginning at