Elk River picked up two home victories on Saturday as Joe Gonrowski sparked an 11-4 win over Spring Lake Park with his bat and arm, and Jordan Hollum threw a four-hitter to lead an 3-2 win over Osseo.
The Elks, now 6-2 in the conference and 7-2 overall, will take on Eden Prairie on Monday evening at Siebert Field, the Gophers’ ballpark, 6:30 p.m.
Elks 11, Spring Lake Park 4
Joe Gonrowski drove home three runs and got the Elks out of a big jam as a relief pitcher, sparking the win over the Panthers.
Gonrowski doubled home a run and singled home two more in back-to-back at-bats. In the fifth, the senior left-hander relieved Austin Heuer with bases loaded and one out, and got a ground-ball double play. He finished the game with 2 2/3 scoreless frames, one hit, no walks and four strikeouts.
The Elks had timely hitting throughout as Brandon Meyer smacked a two-run single while Andrew McMillan (single) and Brennan Beese (sac fly) also had RBI’s.
Heuer made his first pitching start and notched his first varsity win. He gave up a three-run homer to Antonio Zepada in the first inning but got through 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) with three strikeouts.
Meyer had a walk, hit-by-pitch and single, and scored two runs. Jordan Holum was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Ryan Bratsch, SLP starter, took the loss.
Elks 3, Osseo 2
Jordan Holum pitched the distance, giving up just four singles and no walks, striking out six, to notch his first win after two no-decisions. It was a very efficient performance with just 69 pitches.
“Fast ball location is big for Jordan because he’s got some velocity,” said Holmgren. “He’s got the curve, too, and he added a cutter this year. He throws hard and he’s able to move it around.”
Holum didn’t give up a hit until the fifth when E. Lyons and A.J. Lyons had back-to-back singles with E. Lyons scoring the run. The Orioles also scored in the first inning on three errors.
Ben Johnson delivered a two-run single in the second inning with two outs to give the Elks a 2-1 lead.
The Elks went up 3-1 in the third with a gift run. Osseo starter xxxx Holenstein loaded the bases on two walks and a hit-by-pitch. The Orioles would have had a force at home on Riley Givens’ grounder but the umpire ruled that the catcher pulled his foot when making the third to first (which beat Givens).
The Elks had only three hits but drew eight walks. Heuer had a single and two walks in three trips.