Baseball: Errors, walks hurt as Elks fall to Osseo 7-5

Errors and walks plagued Elk River for the second straight game as the Elks lost to the Osseo Orioles 7-5 on Monday in Osseo.

Osseo took a 4-0 lead in the first with three walks from Terry Hadden, two Elk errors, and RBI doubles by Bret Moody and Sam Christofferson.

Hadden, 2-0 coming into the game, walked six in 3 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and seven runs (four earned). Porter Morrell finished with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

“We’ve got to get better with our control,” said coach Ryan Holmgren, “and pitch with more conference like we did earlier in the year.”

The Elks (5-2 conference, 5-3 overall) had five errors and six walks in a 6-5 loss to Champlin Park on Thursday with Tucker Morrell pitching.

The Elks grabbed a 5-4 lead dramatically in the top of the fifth as Tucker Morrell stole home for the go-ahead run. With two outs and two strikes on batter Sam Krick, Morrell broke for home when the catcher threw back to the pitcher and beat the tag with a hard slide.

“Tucker took a chance and made it,” said Holmgren. “He certainly didn’t get that signal from me.”

RBI’s during that five-run inning were by Logan Paige (sac fly) and Tim Sanford and Corey Collins on singles.

But Osseo got three back in their half of the fifth, and that would be the only inning the Elks scored against Osseo’s Ben Johnson. A crafty low-baller, Johnson gave up eight hits and three walks, and struck out just one, but got 16 outs on ground balls.

Osseo (4-3 conference and overall) had just one error and the Elks totaled three.

The Elks will host Andover on Wednesday.