Baseball: Elk Legion tips 76ers 5-4 for seventh straight win

Tucker Morrell at shortstop fielded a big hop in the win over the 76ers. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


Elk River Legion baseball picked up its seventh straight win, 5-4 over St. Cloud 76ers, in eight innings at home Monday evening.

The Elks (13-3) will play in the Delano July 4th  Tournament semifinals Tuesday evening after winning three pool play games over the weekend.

In the win over the 76ers, Sam Krick pitched the last five innings to get the win, and knocked home the winning run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth. Tucker Morrell, who led off with a single, scored the run.

Coach Josh Juntunen briefed Sam Krick between innings. Krick was winning pitcher in relief and knocked in the game-winning run against the 76ers. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)


The Elks beat Delano and Osseo on Saturday, and St. Louis Park on Sunday evening, at the Delano tournament. The semifinals will be held Tuesday evening and the first-, third-, and fifth-place games on Wednesday evening.

The Elks face Minneapolis Southwest in the semifinals at 5 p.m.


Elk River 1, Delano 0 (13 Innings)

In a 13-inning pitching gem, Elk pitchers Terry Hadden and Sam Wirtz struck out 25 of 39 Delano batters while giving up one hit.

Hadden, the starter, fanned 16 in nine innings, giving up a hit and three walks. Wirtz fired four no-hit frames with seven K’s and got the win.

Elk River had runners in scoring position in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 12th and could not manage to score a run.

The Elks broke through in the top of the 13th. Tim Sanford singled and was replaced by pinch runner Nick Johnson, who was bunted to second by Hadden and scored on a single by Corey Collins.

Sanford was 2-for-5 and Matt Baker 3-for-6.


Elk River 14, Osseo 3

Porter Morrell drove home four runs and Corey Collins drove home three, as eight of the Elks starters collected at least one hit each and all nine scored at least one run. Both were 2-for-4 and Morrell had a double. Johnson smacked a two-run double.

It was a 5-2 game going into the fifth  inning when Elk River sent 14 batters to the plate with all nine starters scoring a run.

Morrell pitched four innings for the win striking out four and giving up two runs on 6 hits. Brady Givens finished, giving up one run, two hits and two walks while striking out one. Christofferson was 3-for-3 for Osseo with an RBI.


Elk River 3, St. Louis Park 1

Brandon Meyer threw six innings, giving up one unearned, five hits and walk, striking out two, to nab the victory. Carter Harrop pitched the seventh inning for the save striking out one batter and walking two.

Collins was 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases. Baker was 2-for-3 with an RBI single.


Elk River 5, St. Cloud 76ers 4 (8 innings)

The 76ers had a 4-0 lead before Givens socked a two-run double in the third. The score stayed 4-2 until the seventh when Givens and Matt Baker each delivered an RBI single, scoring Brandon Meyer and Sam Krick, respectively.

Brandon Meyer slid home to score on a double by Brady Givens in the third inning. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Krick, who earned the win with five shutout innings, got out of a jam in the top of the eighth — runners at first and second, one out — as he snagged a line drive and doubled a runner off first base.

The Elks then loaded the bases on a single by Tucker Morrell and walks to Johnson and Meyer, and Krick lofted a sac fly to right field to send home the game-winner. Morrell made a deft slide to avoid the tag on a perfect throw from the right fielder.

Krick gave up just two hits and two walks, striking out one, and became the ninth Elk to get a win this season. Wirtz was the starter, striking out the side in the first before encountering arm soreness. Carter Harrop gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits in two innings.