Softball: Elks keep rolling with 9-0 win at Andover

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River Elks continue to crush the ball with a 9-0 victory over the Andover Huskies on Tuesday, improving to 10-1.

“I have never had a team like this, with everybody hitting over .300,” said coach Stacy Sheetz. “They are just hitting the snotĀ  out of the ball.”

The coach said the Elks haven’t faced the tough part of the conference schedule yet, but is very impressed with their dominance of the teams they’re supposed to beat. Especially the last six games, where they’ve outscored opponents 63-4 with five shutouts.

Anna Pipenhagen and the efficient Elk defense also continues to do the job. The junior right-hander spun a two-hitter with one walk and nine strikeouts at Andover while the Elks made no errors.

Cleanup batter Kathi Opsahl cracked three doubles in four at bats, scoring three runs and driving home three more. The senior left fielder is hitting .590 with 20 RBI in 11 games.

Michaela Bruns was 3-for-3 (two doubles, three runs, two RBI) and Pipenhagen 3-for-4 (double, two RBI). Five other players had one hit, and Jess Neuman and Jayme Langbehn had RBI’s.

The Elks (5-1 in conference) will play at Osseo on Wednesday.