by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Terry Hadden pitched the distance and Porter Morrell slammed a three-run homer as the Elk River baseball team stayed unbeaten with a 6-3 win over Anoka there on Monday.
In the conference opener, Hadden gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Sutterer in the first inning, trying to slip a fast-ball past the batter on a 3-2 count.
But Morrell, his catcher, gave Hadden a quick reprieve with a three-run blast to straightaway left field an inning later, tying the score 3-3.
Hadden, senior right-hander, blanked the Tornadoes the rest of the way and finished with a five-hitter, seven strikeouts, one walk and one hit-by-pitch. The Elks (3-0) made two errors, but also three double plays.
Morrell’s homer, first of a three-year varsity career, followed a two-out walk to Brandon Meyer and a single by Hadden.
“It’s not a big park, 310 down the lines and not too deep up the alleys, but both those homers were legitimate,” said Elk coach Ryan Holmgren. “They both hit the ball really well.”
The Elks went up 5-3 in the fifth, helped by a double steal. Erik Nyquist, who got aboard on error, and Meyer, who singled, were sent with an 0-2 count on Hadden and two outs. Nyquist scored on the catcher’s throwing error, Meyer taking third. One batter later, Sam Wirtz singled home Meyer.
The last run scored on the sixth on consecutive singles by Jordan Hollom, Nyquist and Meyer.
Kyle Fleming went the distance for Anoka, giving up nine hits.
Meyer had three of those nine hits in three at-bats and scored twice.
Meyer, at shortstop, was also involved in two ground-ball double plays with second baseman Nyquist and first baseman Tim Sanford. Nyquist snagged a line drive to start the third DP in the seventh with two men on and none out.
The Elks will host Blaine on Tuesday.