Baseball: Elks tip Osseo 9-8 in ninth to open season

Tim Sanford slid home with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth on a single by Corey Collins. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Corey Collins knocked in the decisive run and Tucker Morrell delivered a good long relief stint as Elk River won its opener 9-8 over the Osseo Orioles in nine innings on Thursday in Osseo.


“We hit the ball well in our opener and we picked up a win, that’s the important thing,” said coach Barry Hohlen.


Elk shortstop Brandon Meyer made the turn on a double play, with Mike Fischer of the Orioles out at second. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Collins, who was 2-for-4 plus a walk, bounced a single up the middle that glanced off the second baseman’s glove and into center field. Tim Sanford, who was on second, churned home to just beat the throw for a 9-8 lead.


Morrell worked out of a jam in the last of the ninth as Osseo had runners at second and third with two outs when he got the next hitter to loft a pop-up to shallow  left field which shortstop Brandon Mayer caught.


Morrell worked 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs.


Tucker Morrell delivered a pitch during his 4 1/3 inning stint. He got the win. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

The Elks’ 11-hit attack included a two-run single by Brady Givens in the first inning.


The Elks had just one victory last year, and none in conference play, so they already matched, and surpassed, those totals respectively.


The Elks will play at Andover on Saturday at 1 p.m.



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