Elk River Pioneers

  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Elk River Pioneers were just one good inning away from advancing to the next level Sunday but had a bad inning instead. The Champlin LoGators scored four runs in the top of the ninth, three of them on a homer, off Tucker Morrell, to break 3-3 tie and [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor If any ball team deserved a break, it was the Elk River Pioneers and their hard-working manager Ken Ott. And they got one this year when former big league pitcher Ben Hendrickson fell into their laps The 6-foot-4 right-hander, three years removed from a nine-year pro career that included 12 [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A former big leaguer and a high school junior were key players as the Elk River Pioneers edged the Anoka Bucs 2-1 in Section 2 playoffs on Sunday. Ben Hendrickson, the 32-year-old right-hander who had two brief stints with the Milwaukee Brewers, and joined the Pioneers this year after [...]

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A pitching gem by Ben Hendrickson went for naught as the Elk River Pioneers lost to Howard Lake 1-0 on Friday evening in Howard Lake. Hendrickson struck out 14 batters in six innings but gave up a the only run of the game on two singles and a stolen base in the second. He allowed [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Tucker Morrell and Porter Morrell threw back-to-back pitching gems as the Elk River Pioneers beat East Bethel 7-2 on Friday evening and Hamel 5-0 on Saturday evening. The Pioneers finished North Star League play with a 9-5 record. They are 13-7 overall with two regular-season games left, at home [...]

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On a steamy, exhausting evening, the Elk River Pioneers coasted to a 10-3 win over Abertville there Wednesday by limiting mistakes while the Villains made several. The Pioneers (11-7) made no errors, while Albertville suffered seven errors and gave up nine walks, in a game played in 90-degree heat. Josh Juntunen labored 4 2/3 innings [...]

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  The Elk River Pioneers took an 8-0 drubbing from first-place Anoka on Saturday evening, then bounced back with a 14-6 win over struggling Rogers on Sunday, both on the road. The Pioneers are 7-5 in the North Star League and 10-7 overall. Anoka leads their division. Next for the Pioneers is a game at [...]

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Aaron Pipenhagen and Josh Juntunen combined for a three-hitter and Sam Krick homered as the Elk River Pioneers topped the Hamel Hawks 5-3 three Wednesday evening. Juntunun got the victory with a 3 2/3 inning relief stint allowing one hit and one run, striking out three. Pipenhagen, the starter, had five strikeouts while allowing two [...]

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