Elks drew 50,423 fans in 2014
The Bend Elks drew an average of 1,417 fans in 27 West Coast League home games and total attendance of 50,423 (which includes 7 non league games) at Vince Genna Stadium. On behalf of the entire Bend Elks organization, we thank all of our fans, sponsors and companies for your support in 2014. Our BBQ decks were full most every night, our fence sign space was fully booked and our concessions were busy each and every night. Read Grant Lucas, Bend Bulletin report:
Fall Ball registration now underway
The Bend Elks 2014 Fall Ball registration is now underway. A workout is scheduled for Saturday Sept 6 to form teams. Three to four high school aged teams will participate in a 12 game season with most games during the week. Weekends will be reserved for out of town teams or instructional camps.
It is expected a 13/14 year team will be formed with primarily focus on fundamentals with one of two tournaments being entered for this age group.
Knights walkoff in bottom of the 9th eliminates Elks
Corvallis Knights DH Kevin Kline came to the plate and drove the only pitch that reliever Louis Cohen threw to him over the left field wall for a walk off game winning 2 run home run. Cohen seemed in complete command since taking over in the 7th for starter Kevin Hamman.
Elks drop Game One in the Playoffs 2-1
Angel Landuzuri and Chris Bishop combined to limit Bend to five hits in leading the visiting Corvallis Knights to a 2-1 victory in game one of the best of three West Coast League semi-finals playoff series Tuesday evening at Vince Genna Stadium.
Billy King (photo) slugged a solo home run in the fourth inning to provide the only score for the Elks. Brock Carpenter had two hits for Bend.
Two seasoned locals reflect on the Elks playoffs
Turner Gill remembers that late-season collapse all too well. He recalls his Bend Elks needing just one win over the final six games last summer to clinch a spot in the West Coast League playoffs. He can still see the distraught faces of his teammates in the clubhouse after that final game, some of them brought to tears.
“Needing to win one game … and not being able to finish, it was definitely tough,” Gill says.
Elks lose 11-10 on Fan Appreciation Day
11 of the Elks 16 hits on the night were recorded by Bend Buck players called up to play in Sunday's WCL game. Elk starters, earning a much deserved day off after clinching a playoff spot the night before, watched on as Trever Achenbach (Photo-Clackamas CC) and Matt Dahlen (Oregon State) each had 3 hits on the night. Dalton Hanks and Conner Reddick also collected 2 hits on the night.
Elks beat Klamath Falls, clinch post season wild card
Homer's Retirement Party was double exciting on saturday as the Elks clinched the wild card play-off spot by beating Klamath Falls 10-2. Once again the hot bats were Turner Gill (2 for 4 with 2 RBI's) and Billy King (2 for 4 with 3 RBI's). 6 Elks pitchers combined to strike out 10 Gems on the night. Zack Carter started and picked up the win.
Record attendance set on Friday Night
Smolich Motors Free Gate Night brought in the largest attendance recorded for an Elks game, 4,213 fans. Unfortunately for the Elks, they could not send the crowd home happy, as they lost to Klamath Falls 9-3 on Friday night. Turner Gill (3 for 4) and Billy King (2 for 3) were the offensive bright spots for the Elks. King hit a 3 run homer, the only Elks runs of the game.
Homer Bobbleheads on Saturday!
500 Homer Bobbleheads will be passed out Saturday to fans as part of Homer's Retirement party. Be there early! Benny Beaver, Puddles the UO Duck and Rowdy will all be there to celebrate 15 years of Homer and the Bend Elks. Posters will also be handed to kids so they can get autographs of Homer on his final few days as the official mascot of the Bend Elks.
Elks/Smolich Motors out to break single game attendance mark
Friday Night, August 8th, Smolich Motors has been allocated 4,500 tickets for the final Friday of the season when the Elks take on the visiting Klamath Falls Gems. Smolich Motors is offering these tickets free when picking them up at Smolich Motors Dealership in Bend or via KSJJ radio. A chance to win $1,000 Ice Fine Jewelry shopping Spree and other great prizes. Get to Vince Genna Stadium early, gates will open a half hour early at 5pm. Victoria holds the single game season mark at 4,210.