Baseball: Elk Legion rallies to beat Totino-Grace ace 4-1

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Joe Gonrowski’s two-run double was the game-winner and Austin Heuer’s hustle down the first-base line was equally important in a sixth-inning rally as Elk River Legion beat Totino-Grace 4-1 at home Tuesday evening.

The Elks were stymied by Totino-Grace’s lanky right-hander Reggie Meyer, a Minnesota Gophers recruit, through five innings and trailed 1-0.

In the last of the sixth, the Elks loaded the bases on two walks and Riley Givens’ bouncer that found a hole for a single. With one out, Heuer hit a bouncer to the shortstop, the perfect double-play ball. However, Heuer ran hard and beat the relay by an eyelash, getting the game-tying RBI.

Gonrowski, a left-handed batter, took advantage as the Elks’ reprieve as he smacked an outside pitch high and deep to left-center for a two-run double. He would score a minute later when Erik Nyquist blooped a single into left-center.

Heuer also pitched four strong innings, allowing one unearned run in the first when the Elks made two errors. Alex Babcock finished with three shutout frames as the duo combined for a three-hitter, Babcock getting the win.

The Elks got back to .500 at 7-7.

Next is the Gopher State Tournament with five games over the weekend. On Friday, they will meet Shakopee at 10:30 a.m. and Moline at 1 p.m. at Totino-Grace in Fridley. On Saturday they face Tri-City at 6 p.m. at Mounds View. On Sunday they’ll take on Yankton at 10:30 a.m.and Armstrong at 3:30 p.m., at Mounds View.