The Elk River Pioneers lost a sloppy regular season finale to Metro Knights 12-11 on Tuesday evening in White Bear Lake.
There were 25 walks in the game — 13 issued by the Knights and 12 by the Pioneers.
Elk River took an 11-10 lead with three in the top of the ninth on a sac fly by Aaron Pipenhagen and two bases-loaded walks. But the Knights got three back in their half on two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch that scored the game-winner.
The Knights scored seven runs in the first two innings off Kam Crandall, who gave up seven walks and three hits. Jim Brown pitched the last 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and five hits while striking out six.
Brown was 2-for-5 with a two-run single and Harley Thompson 2-for-6 with one RBI for the Pioneers, who had nine hits.
The Pioneers will take an 8-12 record into the Section 8 playoffs, which will include six teams and will start Aug. 2 with all the games at Winter Crest Field in Coon Rapids.
The others are Albertville, Rogers, St. Michael, Coon Rapids and East Bethel. Two teams, Blaine and Hamel, were ejected from the playoffs for using ineligible players.