Elks Feast on Gems
By Sven Alskog:
For the second consecutive night a slow start put the Klamath Falls Gems behind on the road, this time 3-0 after three innings in Bend against the Elks, eventually leading to a 10-3 loss.
Klamath Falls right-hander Kyle Detwiler (0-3) was making his first start of the season on the mound in West Coast League play. The Gems starter allowed five runs, three earned, on ten hits over the course of his outing, yielding the ball to Luke Ehli in the seventh inning.
Trevor Allen got the offense going for Bend in the second with a sacrifice fly to score Nick Lopez, the latter of which went on to contribute four hits on the night for the Elks.
The Gems tried to respond in the next half inning with Alec Friedman tallying his first hit of the season and advancing to second on a Thomas Lerouge sacrifice bunt. Kody Kuhlman followed with a full count walk to put runners on first and second with just one out. Bend starter J.T. Kaul escaped the threat by forcing Dennis Morton into a double play to end the inning.
Over the next two innings the Elks added three more runs.
Prior to the Elks solo run in the fourth, the Gems put their first two on the board after a John Williams leadoff triple got things going. Connor Counce scored Williams on an infield single and was moved to second on a Jay Anderson sacrifice bunt.
The bunt fell in line with the added emphasis from Gems head coach Mitch Karraker on playing small ball. The move would pay off when Jordan Abernathy reached on a fielding error, with Counce crossing the plate on the play to cut the deficit to 3-2, a lead that would be extended to 4-2 in the bottom half of the inning.
Already leading, the Elks would add plenty of insurance runs over the next few innings, adding one in the fifth, three in the seventh and two more in the eighth courtesy of a Dennis Morton error, his sixth of the season, with two outs.
The Gems added a solo run in the top of the eighth.
Kody Kuhlman led the way for Klamath Falls with three hits on the evening.
Kevin Hamann (1-1) picked up the win for the Elks, tossing four innings of four hit baseball, allowing just one run.
Both teams return to Vince Genna Stadium on Tuesday for the second game of a three game series in Bend. Game time is 6:35 and all the action can be heard on ESPN 93.3 FM and 960 AM with the voice of the Gems, Erik Oas.