The Elk River Pioneers lost their regular-season finale to Minneapolis Angels 11-5 on Tuesday evening and will open post-season playoffs on Friday evening.
The Angels outhit the Pioneers 14-7 in the non-league game at Loretto. Alex Boers worked five innings, giving up one run, to nab the win. Mike Carroll was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Jim Brown, first of four Pioneer hurlers, took the loss, allowing three runs. Tucker Morrell, Lance Johnson and Brien Geerdes finished. The Pioneers had four errors leading to six unearned runs. Johnson hit a two-run double for the Pioneers. Johnson, Brandon Meyer and Morrell each had two hits.
The Pioneers (14-9), seeded first among four teams in their bracket of Region 6B, face Hamel on Friday at St. Michael at 8 p.m. On Sunday they’ll draw either Anoka or Albertvillle, at 11 a.m. if they lose Friday, or 4:45 p.m. if they win Friday.
The eight-team tournament will conclude the following weekend with two teams advancing to a super regional.