Baseball: Elks seeded first in Section 7AAA, start Thursday

Elk River has received the No. 1 seed in the Section 7AAA baseball tournament and have a first-round bye before opening at  home Thursday.

The Elks closed the regular season with an 11-1 win over Duluth East on Thursday, in a makeup game. They’ll take a 13-3 mark into playoffs.

Forest Lake is seeded second, Grand Rapids third and Anoka fourth.

With the first-round bye, the Elks avoid the sudden-death round and go right into double-elimination with eight teams.

After Thursday’s games, the tournament will move to Grand Rapids with two rounds on Saturday, June 1, lower bracket games Tuesday and the finals on Wednesday.