The 10-run rule brought a merciful end to six innings of sloppy Anoka fielding and powerless hitting when undefeated Elk River scored a 10-0 shut out at Castle Field April 11.
Anoka’s only highlight came in the fourth inning when third baseman Tuckey Youngquist and catcher Cole Drew caught the Elks’ Logan Paige in a rundown, briefly interrupting Elk River’s race to the plate.
Posting only two hits the entire game, Anoka batters just couldn’t connect.
“These kids can hit and they’ve shown it (in practice). They’re better than that and they know it,” said Anoka coach Kevin Bross.
“There’s really no excuse.”
Elk River on the other hand, crossed home plate in all but two innings of the abbreviated game, hitting eight singles, two doubles and a grand slam.
That four-run blast came in the top of the sixth, when Elk River’s Brady Givens cleared the Castle Field fences, putting an exclamation point on the Elks’ 10-run lead.
The game ended when Elks’ pitcher Terry Hadden allowed only four batters in the bottom of the sixth, Ryan Rumpca reaching with a base on balls after Gino Bianchi-Rossi flew out to center field and Clay Anderson struck out and before Lance Lebaron fanned for the final out of the game.
“There’s really no excuse. They gotta come ready to play,” Bross said.
“They know they can do it. Just need to do it on game day,” he said.
Anoka takes the field against Centennial today (April 12). First pitch 4:15 p.m. on Centennial’s home field.
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