Defense steps up in Elks’ 7-3 win

Sports Reporter

by Eric Oslund

Sports Reporter

Adam Kruger manned second base for the Elks against Blaine. (Photos by Eric Oslund)

The Elk River Post 112 legion baseball team had a 6-day break over the Fourth of July, and one that the team was in need of after playing 11 games in nine days. But the break eventually had to come to an end, and it did so on Wednesday, July 5, when they hosted Blaine.

Heading into the game, the Elks had one main goal – clean up their defense. The team has been hitting well all season long, but errors have continued to pile up in several of their games, games which usually ended in a loss for the Elks.

Head coach Tucker Morrell had tried several combinations of players at second base and short stop, and in their first game back from the break it was Wyatt Morrell and Adam Kruger manning the middle of the infield, a combination which seemed to work to perfection.

“Good night of defense with zero errors,” Coach Morrell said. “Wyatt and Adam Kruger made some nice plays up the middle to highlight the defense.”

Wyatt Morrell chases down a ball in shallow centerfield, coming up with the out.

Joe Pelle at third, Caden Gatlin at first, and Colin Lingren pitching also made nice plays of their own while fielding their positions throughout the game.

Offensively, it was the same old story for the Elks as Wyatt Morrell went 2-for-4 with two doubles, Brad Geist went 2-for-3 with a double, Connor Hogan went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, and Gatlin went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Their biggest inning of the night came early on when they put up five runs in the third inning to give them a 7-1 lead. They would never look back from that point, going on to win the game 7-3.