Baseball: Elk Legion done after losses to Sauk Rapids and 76ers

Brandon O’Connor beats the throw to first base for an infield hit against St. Cloud 76ers. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River Legion baseball’s season ended with a pair of losses, to Sauk Rapids 7-1 and St.  Cloud 76ers 6-5, in District 6 on Wednesday in St. Cloud.

The Elks, who finished 16-9, lost their sub-section final to Big Lake 10-6 last Friday in St. Cloud (not previously reported).

Sam Wirtz took the loss against Sauk Rapids, giving up five runs in seven innings of the nine-inning game. Sam Krick singled home the Elks’ lone run.

The Elks lost to the 76ers on a bases-loaded walk in the last of the ninth. Starter Tucker Morrell, laboring into his ninth inning, gave up a single, sac bunt, intentional walk, and another walk to load the bases with one out. Coach Josh Juntunen brought in the closer, Brady Givens, who walked the next better on five pitches.

Sam Krick (with bat) is greeted by teammates after scoring in the first inning on Sam Wirtz’s triple against the 76ers. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Krick singled home a run in the first inning and scored on a long triple by Wirtz for a quick 2-0 lead. The Elks also got a two-run single from Carter Harrop in the sixth innings.

In the loss to Big Lake, Wirtz took the loss (seven innings, five runs) and Morrell and Harrop  finished. Three costly errors contributed to a couple of big innings by the Hornets.