by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Aaron Pipenhagen pitched the distance on a hot Sunday afternoon and got plenty of hitting support as the Elk River Pioneers outlasted the Albertville Villains 10-6 at Hales Field.
“Aaron hung in there and pitched a great game,” said manager Ken Ott about the big righthander who gave up nine walks and six hits, striking out six.
The Pioneers finished North Star League play with a 6-8 record. They are 8-11 overall with one regular-season game left, vs. Metro Knights at White Bear Lake on Wednesday, 8 p.m.
“We went six and eight (in league) and that’s not bad for being in ‘B’ ball this year,” noted Ott, referring to the team’s move up one class as directed by the state association.
Jim Brown went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles for the Pioneers. Also notching RBI singles were Kam Crandall (2-for-4), Lance Johnson and Ryan Holmgren. The Pioneers had 12 hits.
Jeff Jarvis of Albertville went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles that knocked in three runs.
The Villains’ starting pitcher was Ryan Klingelhofer, a Twins Lakes teacher who was the ERHS pitching coach this spring under head coach Holmgren. Klingelhofer gave up three runs in five innings. Taking the loss was Christian Hess, after the Pioneers scored three in the seventh and four in the eighth.