Baseball: Pioneers done after 16-10 loss to St. Michael

The Elk River town-team baseball season ended with 16-10 loss to the St. Michael Saints on Sunday as the Pioneers’ exhausted pitching staff was riddled for 21 hits.

The Pioneers fell behind 8-0 after five innings but, spurred by Harley Thompson’s three-run homer in the sixth, they pulled as close as 12-10 before the Saints regained control, at Winter Crest Field in Coon Rapids.

The Pioneers finished 10-15 overall, and 2-3 in the Section 8B playoffs.

Nick Volkman led St. Michael (17-10) with two triples, a double and two singles in a 5-for-5 day, driving home five runs and scoring two.

For the Pioneers, Lance Johnson was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs, and an RBI; Aaron Pipenhagen 3-for-4 with a double and RBI; Cory Kaminski 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI; and Thompson 2-for-4.

Pioneer starter Jim Brown gave up eight runs in four innings. Tucker Morrell yielded six in 2 2/3 innings and Brandon Giese four in 1 1/3 innings.

St. Michael starter Wade Gorsett, after throwing five shutout innings, gave up six in the next 1 2/3, and was relieved by Aaron Sperl, who gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings. Ben Schmitz was 3-for-5 with four runs.

Coon Rapids beat the Saints 8-2 in the finals. Both teams advance to super-sectionals next weekend.