ELY— Timberwolves senior Will Davies struck out eight, while scattering seven hits as Ely blew out a depleted Mesabi East squad 17-11 here on Tuesday afternoon. With three Giants starters out …
ELY— Timberwolves senior Will Davies struck out eight, while scattering seven hits as Ely blew out a depleted Mesabi East squad 17-11 here on Tuesday afternoon. With three Giants starters out based on COVID-19 protocols, Ely relied on timely hitting from sophomore Erron Anderson, who went 3-3, scoring three times and notching two RBIs. Junior Jacob Towley added two hits for Ely while scoring twice and driving in three runs.
Ely benefitted from Mesabi East miscues, racking up several unearned runs in the five-inning contest.
Ely jumped to an early lead, but a five-run third inning for the Giants knotted the score at 7-7. Ely answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 10-7 lead and never looked back, cruising the rest of the way. The win improved the Wolves’ record to 5-6 as they head into their Veterans Memorial Showcase, set for both Friday and Saturday in Ely.
“We’re still trying to piece together some combinations as we near the playoffs,” said Ely Head Coach Frank Ivancich. “We played some good teams this past week and we have certainly been competitive, with some of our best at bats. Our pitchers continue to get better with each start.”
Ely struggled at home on Monday, as they fell 11-0 to the Blue Devils. Eighth-grader Jack Mathias notched two of Ely’s four hits in the contest. Junior Harry Simons gave up seven runs on seven hits to take the loss for the Wolves, while sophomore Logan Loe pitched the final four innings, striking out two while allowing four runs on five hits.
Ely lost a close one to Deer River last Saturday at the Blackduck Tournament, but rebounded to edge hosts Blackduck 10-9 later in the day. Ely rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh inning on a two-run single by Loe, which netted him the win from the mound. Loe came on in relief in the fifth, down 8-4. He struck out four batters in two innings of work.
Towley got the start and gave up eight runs on six hits and five walks, along with two strikeouts.
Earlier in the day, Will Davies and Erron Anderson paced Ely with two hits apiece, including two RBIs for Anderson on a first-inning homer.
Junior Bryce Fairchild got the start and pitched four innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out three. Freshman Drew Marolt took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits while striking out three in relief.
In the Veterans Memorial Showcase, Ely will face off with Carlton at noon on Friday and Silver Bay in a nightcap at 7:30 p.m. They’ll play Cook County at 1 p.m. on Saturday and wrap up with International Falls at 6 p.m.