Baseball: Elks cruised 11-1 over Duluth East in regular-season finale

Elk River wrapped up a 13-3 regular season by rolling past Duluth East 11-1 at home Thursday in a twice-postponed game against a section opponent.

“That was a nice way to end the regular season. We played well in all three phases of the game,” said coach Ryan Holmgren. “It’s a little confidence booster going into playoffs.”

The Elks found out Friday they had been seeded first in Section 7AAA, based on QRF ratings. Among 13 teams, Forest Lake (14-5) is second, Grand Rapids (13-4) third and Anoka (10-7) fourth.

“All that means is that we had the best regular season,” said Holmgren. “There’s no home-field advantage for it on our section, and it’s a target on our backs. So we’re not making a big deal of it, but (the recognition) is nice.”

The Elks will have a home game Thursday 4:30 p.m. against an opponent that will be determined by play-in games Monday. The tournament will then move to Grand Rapids on Saturday, Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday. The tourney is double-elimination except for Monday’s first round.

Against Duluth East, the Elks had 12 hits, including two-run doubles delivered by Jordan Hollom, Porter Morrell and Tim Sanford. Hollom was 3-for-4 (two runs, three RBI), Sanford 2-for-3 (three RBI), and Morrell 2-for-4 (two doubles). Erik Nyquist, pinch-hitting in the sixth, singled home a run that ended the game via the 10-run rule.

Terry Hadden pitched four innings, striking out eight and giving up one run, to notch his fourth win against one loss. Senior Joey Hudson pitched the first inning, and Hollom pitched the sixth inning. The Elks had no errors.