Softball: Bruns, Athey lead Elks in 14-2 rout of Blaine

Heart-of-the-order hitters Michaela Bruns and Bethani Athey combined for seven hits and nine RBI as the Elk River bats sizzled for the third straight day in a 14-2 conquest of the Blaine Bengals on Wednesday in Blaine.

Burns, sophomore third baseman batting third, rapped three doubles and a singe in five at-bats, driving home four runs and scoring three.

Athey, senior catcher batting fourth, blasted a two-run homer (her second of the year), double and single in five trips, knocking in five runs.

The Elks, now 5-7 in conference and 8-9 overall, sprayed out 20 hits and finished strong, scoring 10 runs in the last three innings.

The Elks had 12 hits in a 9-3 win over Centennial on Monday and 15 hits in an 11-3 conquest of Armstrong on Tuesday. They’ve homered in three straight games, with  Jamie Langebehn connecting in the previous two.

“We are just more relaxed,” assessed coach Stacey Sheets of the three-game spree of hitting. “And we are hoping we can keep it going through playoffs!”

Kathi Opsahl was 3-for-5, Ali Krohn 2-for-4 (two RBI), Langebehn 2-for-3 (three runs, RBI), Austyn Bees 2-for-5, and Courtney Jensen 2-for-5 (RBI).


Anna Pipenhagen threw her third complete-game win in as many days, giving up seven hits and three walks, striking out six.

Blaine  starting pitcher Lauren Anderson took the loss (nine runs in 5 1/3 innings) with Gena Anderson finishing (five runs in 1 2/3 innings). Abby Valoske and Hannah Zurn were each 2-for-4 for the Bengals  (5-7 conference, 7-9 overall).

The Elks will close the regular season at Andover on Thursday.