Bend, Ore. -- The Gresham GreyWolves defeated the Bend Elks by a score of 11-7 in the series opener on Wednesday night at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend, Oregon.
Gresham led wire-to-wire on Wednesday, scoring two runs in the first inning after Mike Peabody was hit by a pitch, Jake Cosgrove moved him over with a sacrifice bunt, Alec de Watteville singled in Peabody and de Watteville scored on an error.
Gresham starter Alex Roth gave up a run on two hits in the first inning, but the GreyWolves still led 2-1. The score would stay that way until the fourth inning, when Gresham scored three runs on three walks, a single, and an error. The Elks responded with three runs of their own in the fourth inning and were a triple shy of the cycle in the frame as a team. Gresham still led by one run.
Roth was replaced after a two-out double in the fifth inning. He threw 4 2/3 inning, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out three and walking one. Chris Brown induced a fly out to end the fifth with Gresham's lead intact.
Gresham then scored two runs in the sixth inning on four-straight hits by Aaron Simpson, Peabody, Cosgrove, and de Watteville. Brown kept the Elks in check in the bottom of the sixth inning and the GreyWolves capitalized, scoring three more runs in the seventh when R.J. Teijeiro drove in Drew Curtis with a single and Simpson knocked in Jackson Overlund (who also homered for the first time this season in the ninth inning) and Teijeiro with a two-run single to left.
Bend scored two runs in the seventh and one in the ninth off Brown, who finished by throwing 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three and walking one.
Wednesday's win is Gresham's fifth win in a series-opening game in 14 tries this season. The win pushes the GreyWolves' second-half record to 5-7 and with Bend, Corvallis, and Cowlitz losing, Gresham gained ground in the South Division standings. Game two of the three-game series is set for Thursday at 6:35 p.m. The game will be broadcast on mixlr.com/GreyWolves.