A bases-loaded home run by Maple Grove in the first inning helped the No. 2 ranked Crimson defeat the Elk River Elks 6-4 on Saturday at Hales Field.
The Crimson loaded the bases in the first on errors by shortstop Corey Collins and pitcher Brandon Meyer, then a single. Meyer gave up the grand slam to his mound opponent, Mitch Bauer, with two outs, a towering blast over the left-field fence. The errors made the four runs unearned.
The Crimson got two more in the fifth when Collins gloved a blooper to shallow center but lost the ball in a collision with an outfielder. With two outs, runners in first and second bases were running and both scored, making it 6-2.
Brady Givens was 2-for-4 for the Elks and drove home a run. He leads the team with 22 RBI. Collins was 2-for-4, Sam Krick 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Tucker Morrell was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs.
Bauer pitched 5 2/3 innings for the win, allowing three runs, with Shay Torgerson and Tyler Field finishing.
The Crimson are 16-3 and ranked second in Class 3A behind Burnsville.
Meyer threw five innings, allowing six hits and three walks, and six runs (two earned), striking out two.
The Elks lost their fourth straight and dropped to 8-11. One game remains in the regular season, vs. Osseo at home on Monday. They’ll have a week off before opening playoffs May 29.
Andover 10, Elks 7
A three-run homer by Andover’s Nick Weeks broke a 6-6 tie in the fifth inning and the Huskies held off Elk River 10-7 on Thursday in Andover.
Tucker Morrell pitched five innings, giving up nine runs and taking the loss. Porter Morrell pitched the seventh and allowed one run.
Tucker Morrell was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Collins had an RBI single for the Elks, who scored three of the runs on wild pitches or passed balls.