Brandon Meyer pitched the distance and delivered one of the key hits as Elk River won its section baseball opener 5-1 over Duluth Central on Wednesday in Duluth.
“Brandon pitched a great game — he had command of all three pitches and his change-up kept batters off balance,” said coach Barry Hohlen. “And our defense played very well, led by shortstop Corey Collins.”
Collins threw out seven batters and had one putout.
The No. 9 seeded Elks (8-13) ousted the No. 8 Greyhounds (9-11) and will now face No. 2 St. Francis there on Friday in Section 7AAA. The game time had not yet been set, as ERHS has to plan around graduation that evening.
Meyer, a sophomore, gave up just five hits and one walk, and struck out three. He delivered a run-scoring double as well.
Tucker Morrell knocked in the first two runs with a single in the third inning. Logan Paige had a sacifice fly and Terry Hadden had an RBI double.