The Coon Rapids Redbirds pummeled the Elk River Pioneers 15-1 at Hales Field on Sunday.
The Pioneers had just nine players and had to delay the game until 3 p.m. rather than 2 p.m. in order to wait until their ninth guy got off work.
“We’ve got guys working, guys on vacation,” said manager Ken Ott. “I suppose the same problem a lot of teams have … We had a pretty ugly game. But Coon Rapids is one of the better teams.”
Aaron Pipenhagen, Christian Korlath and Kam Crandall pitched for the Pioneers. The trio issued a lot of walks.
Coon Rapids did not need many big hits. Dan Skog led the Redbirds (9-3) at the plate going 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs. Their winning pitcher was Joe Avelson, who threw five innings.
The Pioneers had just four hits, with Mike Lorden going 2-for-3. Lorden scored the lone run, knocked home by Jake Berwyn’s single.
The Pioneers (4-9) will play at Quamba on Tuesday evening.