Softball: Elks beat Rebels 6-3 with walkoff homer by Bruns

Bethani Athey lined a single to drive home Kaitlyn Roche with two outs in the last of the seventh, trying the score at 3-3. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

A rare walkoff homer was supplied by Michaela Bruns as the Elk River softball team beat Champlin Park 6-3 at home Thursday evening


After Bethani Athey tied the game with a two-out RBI single on a 1-2 count, and Courtney Jensen followed with another single, Bruns drilled a line-drive over the center field fence, a three-run shot.


“I don’t think we’ve ever had one of those before,” said coach Stacey Sheetz about the walkoff homer. Assistant McKayla Bruns noted, “We’ve had them against us, so this was nice.”


Michaela Bruns hit her game-winning homer on this swing. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Bruns, a freshman third baseman, has three homers this year.


“Her hitting isĀ  coming around,” said Sheetz. “She is hard on herself, and she tries really hard to get better.”


The homer made a winner of Michaela’s sister Moriah Bruns, who pitched the distance, allowing seven hits and three walks, striking out seven.


The seventh inning actually had three clutch two-out hits. Champlin’s Angie Eggerichs hit a long double in the top of the seventh that drove home the go-ahead run from first.


Kaitlyn Roche was 2-for-3 with two runs for the Elks and started the seventh-inning rally with a walk. Athey and Jensen were each 2-for-4 and Michaela Bruns was 2-for-3 with two runs.


Katiie Herran pitched the distance for Champlin Park (0-8), which almost got its first win at the expense of the Elks.


The Elks (7-4) will host Anoka on Friday.


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