When Elk River beat Blaine 10-0 a few weeks ago, Blaine’s ace hurler Tanner Schumacher was sidelined by a knee injury from playing volleyball. But the 6-foot-5 righthander is back on the mound now, and he shut down the Elks 2-1 on a three-hitter with seven strikeouts on Wednesday.
“Schumacher is Blaine’s big horse. He is definitely is one of the best in the conference when he’s healthy,” said Elk coach Ryan Holmgren. “Somebody there had a gun and said he hit 89 and was consistently at 86 to 88.”
The Elks got solid pitching, too, from Terry Hadden, who gave up six hits and one walk, striking out five.
That was the second game in a row the Elks lost despite a quality start, following a 4-2 loss to Centennial on Monday when Brandon Meyer allowed one run in six innings.
Davis Bryon drove home both runs for Blaine (8-9 conference, 9-9 overall) with singles in the second and sixth innings. The latter was a dribbler up the middle that barely eluded a diving Elk shortstop Corey Collins with the run scoring from second base.
The Elks got their run with out a hit in the fifth as Tim Sanford walked, took second on Schumacher’s errant pickoff throw, was bunted to third by Garrett Ott, and scored the tying run on a passed ball when the Elks were attempting a squeeze bunt.
Tucker Morrell, Sam Krick and Brady Givens had the Elk hits.
The Elks, who slipped to 8-8 in conference and 8-9 overall, will play at Andover on Thursday.