Sixteen hits and 16 runs were not enough as the Elk River Elks lost a wild opener to the Anoka Tornadoes 17-16 in eight innings on Wednesday, with the host Tornadoes scoring two in the last of the eighth.
The Elks led 13-1 going into the last of the second inning but couldn’t hang on.
Megan Lindenfelser led the Tornadoes, going 4-for-6 with a homer, two doubles and three RBI, and a strong inning stint of relief pitching. She gave up just three runs after the Elks got 13 (seven earned) off starter Hailee Gifford.
Elks leadoff batter Austyn Beese went 4-for-5 with four runs, a double and RBI. Knocking in three runs each were Bethani Athey (3-for-6) and Kathi Opsahl (3-for-5, two doubles) and Courtney Jensen (2-for-6). Dani Edwards was 2-for-5, and Jayme Langebehn 1-for-4 with four stolen bases and three runs.
Fielding was gruesome on opening day as Anoka had seven errors and the Elks had six. There could easily have been far more runs as the Tornadoes left 13 runners on base and the Elks 10.
Elk starter Anna Pipenhagen pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up 10 runs (nine earned), 11 h its and three walks. Courtney Jensen took the loss in releif, giving up seven runs (three earned) in 3 1/3 frames, eight hits and one walk.
Anoka’s 19-hit barrage also included Taylor Chell, 3-for-5 with four RBI; and Amy Niedenfier, 3-for-5 with three runs.
The Elks will host Park Center on Thursday.
Anoka 17, Elks 16
Elk River …… 490 002 01 — 16 16 6
Anoka ………. 140 050 52 — 17 19 7