Baseball: Elks get the best of Coon Rapids to ruin home opener 2-1

Coon Rapids opened its baseball season with a 2-1 home loss to Elk River April 5.

Alex Wojciechowski tries to break up a double play as Elk River beats Coon Rapids 2-1 in the Cardinals baseball home opener April 5.

Alex Wojciechowski tries to break up a double play as Elk River beats Coon Rapids 2-1 in the Cardinals baseball home opener April 5.

“They’re a great team. It was a good game, but we need to hit better … got to string the hits together,” Cardinals coach Jerry Coe said.

Starting pitcher Logan Shore gave up one run early in the game and Coon Rapids tied it up, scoring an unearned run when the Elks attempted a double play, but threw the ball away allowing a Cardinal to score from second base.

With the score 1-1 in the top of the seventh, Elk River’s Tim Sanford hit a long fly ball off relief pitcher Alex Aase for a single.

Sanford advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a sacrifice bunt.

When Elk River’s Garrett Ott hit a sacrifice fly, Sanford scored and Coon Rapids failed to respond, ending the game three-up, three-down in the bottom of the seventh.

“We walked that one guy [in the top of the seventh] and the walk scored. Can’t let that happen. We pitched fine, defense was OK, but we need to hit better,” Coe said.

Next, the Cardinals face Centennial April 9 at Paul Parkway. First pitch 4:15 p.m.

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