Baseball: Pioneers get 14 walks, beat Big Lake 10-7

The Elk River Pioneers snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating the Big Lake Whitecaps  10-7 on Wednesday in Big Lake.

The Pioneers (5-7) drew 14 walks in the seven-inning game, and nine of their 10 runs got aboard via walks. Big Lake, meanwhile, drew eight walks, for a total of 22 in the game.

The Pioneers and starter Zach Pechtell had a 7-0 lead before the Whitecaps scored two in the fourth and four in the fifth. Porter Morrell relieved in the fifth. With the score 7-6 and two men on base, he was able to end the inning by picking a runner off second base.

In the sixth, Tucker Morrell slapped a two-run single that capped a three-run inning to make the score 10-6. Micah Loegering of the Whitecaps walked four batters and wild-pitched one run home in that inning.

Pechtell (3-0) got the win and Brandon Meyer had a two-run double for the Pioneers.

Dalton Hesley, Big Lake starter, took the loss. Josh Ledin hit a solo homer while Hesley and Travis Palm each knocked in two runs.

The Pioneers will play at Albertville on Sunday, 5 p.m.

Elk River ……… 140 203 0 — 10 7 2
Big Lake ………. 000 240 1 — 7 6 0

Elk River — Batting: Connor Dostal 0-for-1, 3 bb, run; Brandon Meyer 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Cory Kaminsky 1-for-2, 3 bb, 2 runs; Zach Pechtell 1-for-2, 2 bb, 2 runs, Tucker Morrell 1-for-4, 2 rbi … Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Pechtel 4 2/3-4-4-2-6-1, Porter Morrell (S) 2 1/3-2-3-2-2-2

Big Lake — Batting: Josh Ledin 2-for-2, solo HR, 2 bb, 2 runs; Dalton Hesley 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Travis Palm 1-for-3, 2 rbi …. Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Hesley (L) 4-5-7-7-9-0, Micah Loegering 2-1-3-2-5-3