by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Tucker Morrell and Porter Morrell threw back-to-back pitching gems as the Elk River Pioneers beat East Bethel 7-2 on Friday evening and Hamel 5-0 on Saturday evening.
The Pioneers finished North Star League play with a 9-5 record. They are 13-7 overall with two regular-season games left, at home against Princeton on Wednesday evening and at Howard Lake on Friday evening.
Pioneers 7, East Bethel 2
Tucker Morrell, 2012 ERHS graduate who played for Anoka-Ramsey this spring, limited East Bethel to five hits and no walks over eight innings, striking out five. He gave up two runs, one earned. Porter Morrell was his catcher.
Brady Givens pitched the ninth to cap off the win at St. Francis High School.
Sam Krick belted a two-run homer, his team-leading third of the year, and finished 2-for-4 with two runs. Lance Johnson delivered an RBI single and Kam Crandall an RBI double.
Trent Sagedahl, East Bethel starter, took the loss.
Pioneers 5, Hamel 0
Porter Morrell, 2013 ERHS graduate who’s primarily a catcher for the Legion and town team, tossed a seven-inning shutout. He allowed just three hits and one walk, striking out eight, at Hales Field. Brien Geerdes, the Pioneers regular catcher, was behind the plate.
The Pioneers had 10 hits, with Tucker Morrell, Krick and Brandon Meyer all 2-for-3.
The home team had a good start against Hamel starter and loser Dom Flemming. Tucker Morrell led off with a walk and came around to score when Crandall followed with a double to right-center. Crandall was thrown out going for a triple, but Krick followed with a single, stole second, and scored with two outs on Jim Brown’s single.
The Pioneers scored on a throwing error in the fourth, and got RBI singles from Meyer and Tucker Morrell in the sixth.