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110 irst 1t4 ays ind her nce Eli ECHO SPORTS MORE APPLYING THE TAG — Ely first baseman Trevor Mattson tagged an Esko runner during a pickoffattempt. Mattson has four wins on the mound this summer for Ely’s Legion team. Photo by Eric Sherman. Legion riding hOt, Streak 1 Ely takes second in Sir G’s Classic, clinches top playoff seed Ely’s American Legio'n baseball team has warmed right up with the weather. Summer heat hasn’t wilt- ed Post 248, which has won 10 of its last 11 games and earned the top seed for this weekend’s district playoffs taking place in its home ballpark. Veterans Memorial Field is the venue for the Eighth District Tournament and Ely (16-7) takes on either Eveleth or Aurora in an opening-round game slated for 12:45 pm. Saturday. At least two wins are necessary this weekend for Post 248 to move on to the substate playoffs, which start July 26 at Marble, but in some ways the start of the postseason is merely a tune-up for Ely. , Win or‘ lose the next two weekends, Ely has an auto- matic bid in the Division II State Tournament, set for Aug. 24 at Veterans Me- , morial Field. It puts Ely in an ad- mittedly odd position as it battles area foes in the postsegson., u .5 “We‘want 4 good baseball, and it would be nice to earn our way into the state tournament or make a nice run the next two weeks,” said Ely Head Coach Tom Coombe.; ‘But at thesame time, we know we will be playing in a couple weeks and we’ll be going against teams battling to keep their seasons alive. I don’t know what to expect.” If the last two weeks are any indication, opposing teams will be looking to cool off hot Ely bats. {In three of its last four games, Post 248 has scored in double digits, blowing out Nashwauk—Keewatin ll-O Monday and rallying past Eveleth 10-9 Tuesday to wrap up the number—one seed.. Ely also outscored Esko . SLICK FIELDING SHORTSTOP Dalton Schreffler made another defensive play for Ely’s Legion baseball team during Saturday’s home game. 1 13-12 and blasted Herman— town 13-1 while going 3-1 in last weekend’s Sir G’s Midsummer Classic, taking second place in the eight— team home event. Sophomore catcher Will “ Davies has driven in 10 runs in the last four games, while another sophomore Zach Cheney — went four—for—four at Nashwauk. Ely’s two top hitters from a year ago, college fresh— man Matt Schultz and Tyler Housey, have also hit their way out of early—season slumps and have raised their averages close to the .300 mark. As a team, Ely is hitting .304 and has seven starters at or above .300 at the plate. gwell on a suddenly deep Ely staff. “We have a few guys we can put on the mound and that’s going to help us in these double—elimination tournaments,” said Coombe. The top three finishers in this weekend’s tourna- ment move on to Marble, and Ely joins number—two seed International Falls, number-three Proctor and PLAY AT THE PLATE, but" Esko runner beatthe throw to Ely catcher Matt Schultz. Ely went on to win the game 13-12. “We have become a pret- ty good hitting team,” said Coombe. “We didn’t start out that way and we still don’t hit for much power, but we have a lot of guys who get on base and have good approaches at the plate, and our middle of the order has started to drive in runs.” While Ely hit its way to the top of the district stand— ings, pitching looms large in the postseason. Senior lefty Trevor Mattson blanked Nash— wauk-Keewatin on three hits Monday and raised his record to 4-0 for the sum- mer, and college freshman Cody Davis has emerged in the Ely rotation. Davis tossed a gem against Hermantown, cruis— ing to his second win of the summer. They join college fresh- man Zach Anderson, senior Tyler Housey and juniors Dalton Schreffler, Daniel Crockett and Bryce Lon- number-four Taconite atop a lO-team district field. The tournament began with two play-in round games Friday and heats up with six games Saturday — all but one in Ely, and four more Sunday. If necessary, the tournament will contin— ue with one game Monday. District action - Davies ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to fuel 'Iliesday’s 10-9 win over Eveleth. Davies knocked in four runs for the winners, while Housey and Schultz both added two hits. Nils DeRe- mee scored three runs. Housey, the third Ely pitcher, retired the side in order in the seventh to pre- serve the win. I Cheney was four—for- four with three RBI, Schultz had two hits including a two-run triple, and Davies added a two-run single in a five—inning rout at Nash— wauk ,/ Mattson was never threatened while working all five frames on the hill. Ely downed Virginia 3-2 in a July 11 road game as four Ely pitchers com— bined to hold the hosts to three hits. Schreffler struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save, and Ely scored all three runs in the first, with Davies and Schultz both coming up with run-scoring hits. Ely second in Sir G's Visiting Viroqua (Wis) won all four of its games to win the Sir G’s Midsummer Classic, but Ely shook off an opening-round defeat and came back to finish second. Proctor pounced early and winning pitcher Mason Flick held Post 248 to two hits in a 7-1 decision on July 12. Ely turned things around the next day against Esko, as Housey went four—for—four with five RBI. An early 7—0 lead evap- orated and Esko came back to tie the game at 11 in the . top of the sixth. In the bottom of the frame, Housey started the uprising with a two-out double, and he came around to score on a DeRemee sin- gle. Mattson’s single added an insurance run that Ely would need as Esko‘scored an unearned run in the sev- enth and stranded the tying run at third. On Saturday night, Bryce Longwell went six- and-one—third innings on the hill and Housey finished up. in a 6-5 triumph against St. Paul Arcade-Phalen. DeRemee had two hits and two RBI to pace Ely’s offense. In Sunday’s finale, Ely exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the third and destroyed Hermantown. Housey and Schreffler both had two-run singles in the third while Schultz went two-for-two with three RBI. Cheney also roped two hits. That was plenty of sup- port for Davis, who walked ‘ only one batter and yielded three hits. SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019; Section '2, Page 1 Curt Johnson from Ely got lucky and made a hole in one on Thursday, July 11. The hole was number, seven at the Ely Golf Course, he used an eight iron from 118 yards. Junior Legion looks to turn things around Ely’s Junior Legion base- ball team is slumping as postseason play approaches. Two lopsided losses set Post 248 back with the reg— ular season hitting its home stretch. Brookston, made up of players from Section 7A champion South Ridge, scored six runs in the first two innings and went on to an 8—0 victory Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field. Virginia roughed up Ely in a July 11, 15-2 road defeat. Ely, now 3-8, met Cherry Thursday after the Echo’s deadline and has just one other regular season meeting a July 24 date at Esko That’s it before the North- east Substate playoffs begin July 28; also at Esko: “ It’s a young Ely team that has struggled much of the summer against predomi- nantly older opponents. That was the story in the two most recent defeats. Brookston had several varsity starters in its lineup and it pounced early against losing pitcher Harry Simons The visitors scored four times before an out waste— corded in the opening frame and it was 6-0 after two. That was plenty of cush- ion for winning pitcher Ricky Williams, who took a perfect game into the sixth inning before it was broken up with a single by Ely’s Logan Loe. p Loe had the hosts’ only‘ _hit and Williams faced just two batters over the mini-4 mum. I Simons gave up three hits and walked four before giving way to Loe, who went five innings, allowed five hits and fanned three batters. Virginia erupted in its matchup with Ely, chasing starter Jacob Towley in the bottom of the first. Towley battled control problems and walked five batters in the opening inning. ‘ I .. In relief was Eddie Prija- tel, who pitched three-and— two—thirds innings, allowed four hits and walked three. Mason Davis and Bryce Longwell had run-scoring hits for Ely, while Loe, Erron Anderson and Bryce Fair— chld had the only other hits. Date set for fall HS sports meeting Ely Memorial High School has finalized plans for- a fall sports sign-up. The annual event is set for Monday, Aug. 5, starting at 6 p.m., in the high school gymnasium. The meeting is open to parents and all students who plan to participate in football, volleyball, cross country, dance team or girls swimming this fall. Coaches will be invited to address their players with information about first prac- _.». BACK FOR A G tices, and registration forms will be available to pick up and complete. ‘ All students must have a physical. examination on file in order to participate. Once an examination is completed, it is effective for three years. Parents with questions about whether their child’s examination is up-to-date are asked to contact athletic di- rector Tom Coombe at (218) 235-1025 or Tcoombe@ely. k12.mn.us; “he... re RAND FlNALE - Zach Anderson, a Northeast Range graduate, isone of three college freshmen playing for Ely’s Legion baseball team, which finished the regular season 16:7 and cla'fi d the top seed for this weekend’s district playoffs. A