EVELETH—A plethora of Ely miscues dashed a six-game winning streak as the Golden Bears topped the Timberwolves 16-11 here on Monday. “Freshman pitchers Jacob Towley and Bryce Fairchild deserved a …
EVELETH—A plethora of Ely miscues dashed a six-game winning streak as the Golden Bears topped the Timberwolves 16-11 here on Monday. “Freshman pitchers Jacob Towley and Bryce Fairchild deserved a better fate,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich after the game. The two young hurlers stepped up in the absence of planned starting pitcher Dalton Schreffler, who was home sick.
The two youngsters allowed just four earned runs, but Ely errors allowed the Golden Bears to add 12 more unearned trips around the diamond.
Ely held the lead at the midway point, after they scored eight in the third inning despite a couple of baserunning miscues that kept them from adding even more points in the inning. They remained up 8-4 after four innings, but a disastrous four-error fifth inning for the Wolves allowed Eveleth-Gilbert to take the lead 10-8. Ely recovered in the top of the sixth, adding three more runs on hits by Nils DeRemee, Ryan Quick, and Bryce Longwell to take an 11-10 lead.
But more Ely errors allowed Eveleth-Gilbert to post six more unearned runs for the win.
Ely was in much better form during a weekend home stand during which they beat East Central, Walker, and International Falls in games last Friday and Saturday.
In Saturday evening action against the Broncos, Bryce Longwell went the distance on the mound, giving up just three runs and five hits, while striking out five. Ely scored four runs on four hits in the second inning with the big hit going to Nils DeRemee who drove in two runs with a single to pace the Wolves. Back-to-back doubles by Mason Davis and Tyler Housey gave Ely its fifth run in the fourth inning to post the Wolves to a 6-2 lead. Ely added two more insurance runs in the fifth on a Ryan Quick fielder’s choice and a Lane Anderson ground ball.
In Friday night action, Trevor Mattson got the win for Ely pitching five innings, giving up three runs while striking out six. Bryce Fairchild came in for the final out in the seventh inning to earn the save for Ely.
The Wolves scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-0 lead as Mattson, Tyler Housey, and Mason Davis all had hits in the frame. Walker responded with three runs in the top of the fifth to cut into Ely’s lead, but the Wolves responded with a run on three walks and a passed ball. Two more walks and two hit batters gave Ely three more runs in the sixth to seal the deal. Housey led Ely with two hits and three RBIs while Davis had a hit and drove in two runs.
In a noontime start last Friday, freshman pitcher Harry Simons went three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out three. Housey came in relief and took the win, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out five. Longwell led offensively, going three for four with a double, triple, and the game-winning single in the seventh. Dalton Schreffler also added two hits and two RBIs for Ely.