Baseball: Pioneers lose to St. Michael 9-2 in playoffs

The Elk River Pioneers lost a Section 8B playoff game to St. Michael 9-2 on Thursday evening in Coon Rapids.

The Pioneers (9-14) face Albertville on Saturday at 4 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner faces Coon Rapids on Sunday at 2 p.m. Albertville lost to Coon Rapids 12-1.

Alan Franke of St. Michael limited the Pioneers to five hits, while Bobby Kneefe had two doubles, three walks, three runs and an RBI.

Alex Hoff pitched seven innings (six runs) for the Pioneers and Brandon Giese gave up three runs in the eighth. Kaminsky was 2-for-4.

Previously in the playoffs, the Pioneers beat Rogers 10-9 and lost to top-seeded Coon Rapids 7-6 in pool play.