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.
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.
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.