Shaky defense was a factor as the Elk River softball team lost to Osseo 6-5 on Monday in Osseo as the Elks had five errors leading to four unearned runs.
Anna Pipenhagen and Courtney Jensen each pitched three innings for the Elks. Pipenhagen gave up four runs and Jensen two. They gave up seven hits and two walks. Meanwhile, Courtney Valkins went the distance for Osseo, weathering nine hits and three walks.
Austyn Beese was 3-for-4 with three runs in the leadoff slot for Elk River (1-6). Ali Krohn was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Jayme Langebehn was 2-for-4, and Jensen and Jess Neuman each had a hit and an RBI.
Calkins and Jill Vieau each had a hit and an RBI for Osseo (2-4), which led 5-2 after four innings and hung on.
The Elks will host Andover on Wednesday.