Gresham, Ore. -- Coming off a series loss in Corvallis, the GreyWolves returned home for the final six games of the 2017 regular season and dropped the first game to the visiting Bend Elks 9-2 at Oslund Field in Gresham, Oregon.
The GreyWolves fell behind early in the second inning when Elks' catcher Cal Waterman hit a solo home run to left field. Gresham would fight back and tie the score at a run each in the third inning after Cole Weaver drove in Tyler Parker with a groundout after Parker doubled top open the inning.
The score would stay knotted at one until the top of the fifth inning when Bend's George Mendazona hit his first home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field off Gresham starter Alex Roth. Roth (2-3) suffered the loss after throwing five innings and allowing three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three.
The GreyWolves narrowed the Bend lead to one run in the seventh inning when shortstop Alec de Watteville hit his fifth home run of the season over the right-field fence. Bend, though, would respond in the top of the eighth. Against reliever Jeremy Polon - who had kept the Elks scoreless the prior two innings - allowed five runs to score. A sixth run was charged to Dakota Weindel, who came in with the bases loaded and two out in the inning. The GreyWolves walked in two runs and what all was said and done, the Elks scored six runs on four hits, an error, and three walks to lead 9-2.
Gresham went down in order in the ninth inning. With the loss, the GreyWolves are now 9-13 in the second half of the season and four-and-half games behind the Corvallis Knights for a playoff spot. With just five games left, Gresham is not yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but chances are slim.
The series resumes on Sunday with game two against the Elks set to begin at 5:05 p.m. at Oslund Field. The game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/greywolves.