Bend Captures First WCL Crown

The Bend Elks swept through the WCL playoffs scoring 43 runs and winning four straight to capture the team’s first West Coast League title.

The Elks were led Monday night by Billy King’s grand slam home run in the third, as King’s blast erased a two-run deficit and put Bend up 4-2. King, a junior-to-be at Oregon State, would collect 6 RBIs on the night as the left-handed hitting slugger also delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth-inning before a rocking crowd of 2,543 at Vince Genna Stadium.

Bend took game one of the WCLCS at Elks Stadium on Saturday night in Kelowna by out-slugging the Falcons 16-9. And finished their dream season with a 10-4 victory at Vince Genna.

The Elks, under new owners John & Tami Marick, new general manager Casey Powell and rookie skipper Trey Watt, earned their first division title and first WCL championship in 2015 – in emphatic fashion.

Bend posted the league’s top record at 35-16 and went 4-0 in the post-season while leading the league in nearly every team offensive category.