ELY – The Ely Junior Legion Post 248 team ran out of pitches last weekend and bowed out of the Eighth District Division II Northeast Substate playoff tournament. They finished the season with a …
ELY – The Ely Junior Legion Post 248 team ran out of pitches last weekend and bowed out of the Eighth District Division II Northeast Substate playoff tournament. They finished the season with a 10-15 record.
A 13-5 double elimination loss to Taconite on Friday ended their season. Starting pitcher Logan Loe gave up six runs, three earned, on ten hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
“Logan ran out of pitches after six innings,” said coach Jim Wittrup.
Elliot Levens came in in the seventh and gave up seven earned runs on four hits, four walks, and a strikeout. Sammy Prijatel got the final out.
Jack Mathias led Post 248 with two hits, including two RBIs, followed by Preston Hines with two hits and one RBI. Drew Marolt added two hits.
“Sammy Prijatel also had two hits in the game and scored twice,” Wittrup added. Elliot Levens and Erron Anderson each had an RBI.
Earlier in the week, Ely came close to a playoff upset against Virginia in a wild first-round game. One strike away from winning in the bottom of the seventh, Post 248 couldn’t close the deal as Virginia rallied to score the tying run, then added a run in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 6-5 win at Veterans Memorial Field.
Post 248, the sixth-seeded host team for the eight-team tournament, enjoyed a friendly home team crowd last Tuesday, including many who came out for the Veterans Night tribute, during which veterans were treated to a free meal and beverage from the ballpark concession stand, courtesy of the Ely American Legion Auxiliary.
Games continued all weekend, with teams and fans from Virginia, Esko, Cook County, Eveleth, Proctor, Cherry and Taconite in town.
Proctor beat Esko 6-4 in the title game Sunday afternoon, and advances to the state tournament this weekend at Montevideo.
Meanwhile, the Ely Senior Legion baseball team’s season also came to an end last week at Marble, where Taconite rallied to beat Ely 11-3 in the substate playoffs.