Baseball: Elks lose to Andover 7-0, season over

The Elk River baseball season ended with a frustrating 7-0 loss to the Andover Huskies on Thursday in the second round of Section 7AAA.

The Elks outhit the Huskies 6-5 and had baserunners in every inning, but could not get timely hits, and gave up five walks, hit three batters and made five errors.

Brent Stong pitched five shutout innings for he win, striking out seven, as Andover beat the Elks for the third time. Kyle Gausman got Andover started with a two-run single  in the first inning.

Terry Hadden took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) in five innings, and Tucker Morrell finished.

The Elks finished 10-12 after a 4-0 start. They had one playoff win, over Duluth Denfeld.

“It was a good year,” said coach Ryan Holmgren. “I was excited to get the job in January and I have not been disappointed at all. This is a good group of guys.

“It’s frustrating to lose out like this, but when they look at the big picture, they’ll see that this is a group that kept the program moving forward, from one win two years ago to eight last year and now 10. We are looking forward to more improvement next year.”