Baseball: Meyer, Elks stymie Blaine 3-0 to stay undefeated

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Brandon Meyer hurled six shutout innings as Elk River stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Blaine and its top hurler Davis Bryan on Tuesday in Blaine.

Meyer, junior right-hander, gave up only two hits and struck out six. He walked five.

“Brandon made some good pitches in tough spots, and got out of a couple of jams,” said coach Ryan Holmgren. “He and Porter (Morrell, the catcher) work well together.”

Brady Givens, designated closer the past two seasons, mopped up, needing just 10 pitches for a pop-up and two strikeouts in the seventh for the save.

The Elks (2-0 conference, 4-0) scored all three runs in the second inning on two hits, two errors and three walks. Jordan Hollom singled home one run, and Erik Nyquist and Matt Baker drew bases-loaded walks for the other RBI’s.

Davis shut down the Elks otherwise, giving up five hits in six innings, striking out five.

The Elks made no errors in the field.

“We’ve had an encouraging start,” said Holmgren, “but we started hot  last year, too, and got a little ahead of ourselves. We have to make sure we keep after it.”

The Elks finished 10-11 last year after starting 5-0.

Next for the Elks is a non-conference game at Shakopee on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. (changed from the original 7:30 p.m. starting time).