Longview, Wash.- Cowlitz (2-7) made a furious comeback in the ninth inning but fell short to Bend (4-2) 9-6 as the Elks won the series.
Bend opened the scoring in the second inning bringing six runs home while sending 11 batters to the plate.
The Elks scored one more in the third and fifth to take a commanding 8-0 lead.
That's when the Bears started their comeback. Jace McKinney (JR University of Portland) drove home newcomer Matt Asta (JR Gateway College) with an RBI single. In the eighth the Black Bears made it 8-2 when another newcomer Nick Roberts (SO Washington) reached base from a throwing error by the Bend second baseman bringing home the third and final newcomer Kyle Sandstrom (SO Lower Columbia College).
Bend responded with a run in the ninth to increase the lead to 9-2.
But the Bears didn't quit and scored four times in the bottom half of the inning. Dane Stankiewicz (SO Grand Canyon) started the rally with an RBI single. Two batters later Sandstrom did the same to make it 9-4. Stankiewicz was then able to score on a passed ball. Finally McKinney drove in his second run of the game to make it 9-6. However Bend induced a popout to shortstop to end the ball game.
Cole Henderson (SO Nevada) took the loss which dropped his record to 0-2. Henderson lasted just 1.2 innings giving up six runs, five earned, on four hits with three walks and a hit batter. Colten Barnes (SR Bellevue), Yancy Bird (SO Lower Columbia College), Davis Baillie (R-SO Washington State) and Austin Merrill (SO Chapman) all saw action out of the bullpen. Baillie lasted the longest pitching three innings of scoreless baseball giving up just two hits with three strikeouts.
The Black Bears play a non-West Coast League game Sunday when they welcome the West Coast Guns to town. First pitch is at 5:05 PM.