Elk River softball

Elk River pulled out a 2-1 win over Orono in dramatic fashion in 7th inning at the state softball tournament Thursday morning in North Mankato. The Elks were trailing 1-0 going into the last of the 7th as Orono left-hander Samantha Hartman was working a two-hit shutout. However, Kathi Opsahl lead off the last of [...]

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It will be a duel of two hard-hitting teams when Elk River takes on Orono on Thursday in the first round of the state softball tournament in North Mankato. The Elks (18-3) are hitting .371 as a team and averaging 8.4 runs per game. They won their sectional outscoring four opponents 29-1. Kathi Opsahl has [...]

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Austyn Beese and Kathi Opsahl, seniors on the Elk River softball team that will play in the state tournament next week, will return to North Mankato a week later to play in the coaches association all-star series.                 Beese is a shortstop hitting .321 with 15 RBI and [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The last thing the Elk River softball team wanted was to make a 200-mile trip to Bemidji two straight days.   The Elks made sure one trip was sufficient by shutting down a tired Bemidji Lumberjacks team 5-0 in the Section 8AAA championship game there Wednesday.   “We didn’t want [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor After Elk River’s near-flawless 7-0 conquest of Brainerd on Wednesday, the Elks are one win from the state tournament and will have two chances to get it.   Anna Pipenhagen twirled a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts while the Elks made just one harmless error and drilled 11 hits, and [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor In the final home game of an outstanding season, Elk River softball will open playoffs today (Monday, Memorial Day) against Big Lake at noon. The No. 2 seeded Elks (15-3) will face the defending section champions in No. 4 seeded Big Lake (15-7). The Hornets rode a freshman pitcher, Jaiden [...]

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