Baseball: Elks are 5-0 after winning 6-2 at Shakopee

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Three RBI hits in the seventh inning wrapped up Elk River’s 6-2 victory over Shakopee on Thursday evening as the Elks stayed unbeaten and got to play in a nice baseball atmosphere.

“Shakopee has a good old city ballpark with a big grandstand and big press box, and it has a minor league baseball feel to it,” said Ryan Holmgren, Elk coach. “Dick Janckowski, the Gopher basketball announcer, does their P.A. There was a nice crowd. So the kids got to play in a fun town-team-like setting.”

The Elks were nursing a 3-2 lead and expanded it with run-scoring singles by Porter Morrell, Tim Sanford and Nick Johnson in the seventh. Morrell was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Terry Hadden was 2-for-4.

Morrell also threw the first four innings with an efficient 51 pitches, allowing one run. Erik Nyquist got the win with three innings of relief allowing one unearned run.

“We did not allow a walk or a hit-by-pitch by either pitcher, so we weren’t giving anything away,” said Holmgren.

Tyler Sloss, second of three Shakopee pitchers, took the loss.

The Elks, 2-0 in conference and 5-0 overall, will play two NWSC games on Saturday, against Park Center at home at noon, and at Andover at 4 p.m.