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.
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.