Baseball: Elks trip Chisago Lakes 8-3, face Duluth East in semifinal

Brennan Beese drove home three runs to help Elk River defeat Chisago Lakes 8-3 in Section 7AAA on Saturday, leaving the Elks one of just two unbeaten teams left in the tournament.

Jordan Hollom and Joe Gonrowski combined for a six-hitter at Andover, with Hollom going five innings for the win.

Their catcher, Beese, singled home a run in the second and knocked in two more with another single in the seventh. In between he was hit-by-pitch twice for a 4-for-4 day getting on base.

Mylo Hommes also rapped a two-run single, in the second, while going 2-for-3. Austin Heuer was 2-for-3 with a double. Ben Johnson hit a triple for the second straight game, in the third, and scored on Brandon Meyer’s sacrifice fly.

The Elks (15-7) will duel Duluth East on Monday in Anoka at 7 p.m. That game was supposed to be played later Saturday afternoon but was rained out.

“The winner of that one will be in the drivers seat,” said coach Ryan Holmgren. “We’ve been playing well, This was our eighth win in 10 games.”

One they lost was at Duluth East 3-2 in the regular-season finale. Holmgren noted that the Greyhounds used their second-best pitcher in that game. He was disappointed at the rainout Saturday “because we would have faced their No. 3 pitcher if we had played.” On Monday, he said, the Elks are likely to face East’s top pitcher against the Elks’ No. 3, Ben Johnson.

Hollom gave up three runs (one earned), two walks and five hits against Chisago Lakes. He struck out four. Gonrowski finished strong, allowing one hit and no walks, striking out two.

In the sudden-death brackets, Anoka will face Chisago Lakes, and St. Francis will face Forest Lake, on Monday.