The Elk River Pioneers capitalized on some wildness by Anoka pitchers to pull out a 6-4 win in their homer opener Saturday evening.
A home run by Sam Krick and solid pitching by Ben Hendrickson and Jim Brown kept the Pioneers (3-1) in the game and they won with a four-run rally in the last of the eighth.
Aaron Pipenhagen’s leadoff single was the Pioneers’ lone hit in the eighth. Five walks and a wild pitch by Anoka reliever Casey Van Krevelen, and three passed balls, scored the runs.
Krick, 2012 ERHS graduate who played for Upper Iowa this spring, hit a solo homer in his first at-bat for the Pioneers, in the first inning. The Pioneers’ second run scored on a bases-loaded walk to Cory Kamisnki in the seventh.
Anoka starter Jack Niedenfuer pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs and striking out 10. Nash Gandrud was 2-for-3 with an RBI double.
Ben Hendrickson, the former pro pitcher who briefly played with the Milwaukee Brewers, made his third start for the Pioneers and had another good one, allowing two hits and two runs in six innings, striking out 10. The Maple Grove resident has pitched 13 innings, allowing four runs and striking out 21.
All those games have been won in the late innings with Brown getting the W each time. This time Brown gave up two unearned runs in the eighth in a three-inning stint.
The Pioneers will host Rogers on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.