Softball: Elks beat Storm 13-0 on no-hitter in playoff opener

Marie Deaton slapped a single down the left-field line in the first inning. She would score the first of her three runs that inning. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Marie Deaton slapped a single down the left-field line in the first inning. She would score the first of her three runs that inning. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Anna Pipenhagen spun a five-inning no-hitter as Elk River rolled past Sauk Rapids-Rice 13-0 in their playoff opener at home Wednesday.

Pipenhagen had strikeouts for 11 of 15 outs, while walking two batters. She also had a single and two RBI in three at-bats.

Anna Pipenhagen's line was no hits and 11 K's in five innings. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Anna Pipenhagen’s line was no hits and 11 K’s in five innings. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The No. 2 seeded Elks (15-3) will host No. 6 Big Lake (14-7) on Monday as Section 8AAA continues with eight teams still going in double-elimination. Gametime has not been set but will likely be noon.

No. 7 Sauk Rapids-Rice (10-9) beat Moorhead 11-1 in an elimination game earlier on the Elks diamond.

The Elks had 12 hits, with Courtney Jensen going 2-for-3 and knocking in three runs, and Jayme Langbehn 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Austyn Beese was 2-for-4, Marie Deaton 2-for-3 (three runs), Kathi Opsahl 2-for-2 (double, RBI, two runs), Michaela Bruns 2-for-3 (double, RBI) and Ali Krohn 1-for-3.
The Elks are ranked fifth in the state, but seeded No. 2 in the section behind unranked Bemidji.

In other section games Wednesday, Bemidji topped No. 9 St. Cloud Apollo 6-3, No. 4 Brainerd beat No. 5 Rocori 6-2, and Big Lake outlasted No. 3 Alexandria 9-7.

Bemidji (17-3) will host Brainerd (12-5) in the other upper-bracket game Monday.
On Wednesday, with four teams left, the tournament will move to the top-seeded remaining team’s field.

The infield low-fived with the pitcher. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The infield low-fived with the pitcher. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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