Baseball: Wirtz homer helps Meyer, Elks beat Armstrong 3-1

Brandon Meyer pitched six strong innings and Sam Wirtz crashed a two-run homer as Elk River tripped Armstrong 3-1 on Friday in Robbinsdale.

Meyer, a sophomore righthander, spaced out six hits, walked none (he did hit a batter) and struck out four.

“Brandon hadn’t pitched three weeks and really did a nice job,” said coach Ryan Holmgren. “He gave up three hits in the first inning, and only three more after that. And we had zero errors on defense.”

The Elks had no errors and turned a 5-4-3 double play started by third  baseman Josh Marlin.

Wirtz, a junior designated hitter, broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth. With Brady Givens on base after being hit by pitch, Wirtz leaned into a fastball and drove it over the left-field fence, his third homer of the year.

Armstrong had three hits in the first and scored one run with another runner thrown out at the plate.
The Elks tied the score in the third when Porter Morrell stroked a single that knocked in Meyer, who had singled and stolen second.

Zach Munsterman pitched the distance for Armstrong (3-9 conference, 3-10 overall), giving up six hits and one walk along with the HBP, and striking out four.

Givens got the ball for the seventh inning and protected the 3-1 lead, hitting the first batter but getting the next three, two by strikeout, for his third save.

The Elks, now 7-5 in conference and 7-6 overall, with two wins over Armstrong, will host Anoka on Monday.