Baseball: Pioneers fall to Anoka 8-0, beat Rogers 14-6

Sam Krick, who drove home four runs for the Pioneers, pitched the ninth inning. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
Sam Krick, who drove home four runs for the Pioneers, pitched the ninth inning. Behind him is shortstop Tucker Morrell and Rogers baserunner Hunter Friend. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


The Elk River Pioneers took an 8-0 drubbing from first-place Anoka on Saturday evening, then bounced back with a 14-6 win over struggling Rogers on Sunday, both on the road.

The Pioneers are 7-5 in the North Star League and 10-7 overall. Anoka leads their division.

Next for the Pioneers is a game at Albertville on Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Anoka 8, Pioneers 0

The Pioneers, who beat Anoka 6-4 earlier in the season, were shut down by an Anoka lefty, Jack Niedefour in the rematch. Niedefour limited a shorthanded Pioneer lineup (just nine players available) to three hits and three walks, striking out seven. J.D. Wells had two hits and knocked in three runs.

Tucker Morrell took the loss, giving up six runs in seven innings. Brady Givens was nicked for two runs in the eighth.

Pioneers 14, Rogers 6

Sam Krick led the win over Rogers, driving home four runs, with a single, sac fly and two-run double. He was 3-for-4 plus a walk. Krick also pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Jim Brown hurled eight innings, giving up nine hits, five walks six runs, picking up his fifth win of the season. He was 2-for-4 with a two-run single at the plate, and scored two runs.

Brandon Meyer was 2-for-4 with a two-run single and base-loaded walk for three RBI, Brien Geerdes 3-for-6, and Corey Collins 2-for-6, as the Pioneers totaled 14 hits.

Justin Stewart, first of three Rogers pitchers, took the loss, giving up eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. Dustin Carlson smacked a double and triple and scored twice, while Tyler Berg was 3-for-4, for the Red Devils (1-11).