Baseball: Elk Legion splits to close regular season, playoffs start Tuesday

The Elk River Legion baseball team takes a 9-12 record into district playoffs after splitting two games this week to close the regular season.

The Elks beat Champlin Park 5-2 on Tuesday in Champlin with Ben Johnson pitching a five-hitter with  seven strikeouts. Both runs were unearned. Riley Givens was 2-for-3 and Erik Nyquist was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s. Ben Boutain tripled home a run in the first inning.

“Ben hit that triple which really got us going,” said coach Matt Loberg.

The score was 2-2 before the Elks got three in the seventh to notch their first win this year over the Rebels after three losses, counting two in the high school season.

Armstrong thumped the Elks 12-7 at home Wednesday. Starter Alex Babcock took the loss. Givens was 4-for-5 with two RBI’s, giving him a 6-for-8 slate in two games. Austin Heuer was 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI.

The Elks were seeded fourth in the sub-section which will be held at Princeton starting Tuesday. They face No. 5 Buffalo at 5 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, they all play at 8 p.m. if they win Tuesday, or 5 p.m. it they lose.

Our sub sections start next week in Princeton and we are seeded 4th. We open up against Buffalo (5 seed) on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 pm.

“We’ll start Austin Heuer in the first game and see what happens,” said Loberg.