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Sixth-inning run makes the difference for Ely over Deer River

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 4/25/19

ELY—A three-run sixth inning made the difference for the Timberwolves on Tuesday as they downed Deer River, 4-1, in high school girls softball action.

It was a classic pitchers’ duel through …

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Timberwolves on top

Sixth-inning run makes the difference for Ely over Deer River

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ELY—A three-run sixth inning made the difference for the Timberwolves on Tuesday as they downed Deer River, 4-1, in high school girls softball action.

It was a classic pitchers’ duel through five innings as Ely hurler Erika Mattson fanned nine Deer River batters and allowed just three hits in her complete game performance. Deer River pitcher Allison Rasley proved formidable as well.

“We really struggled to make good contact against their pitcher,” said Ely Head Coach Tom McDonald.

Both teams notched single runs in the first inning. Ely missed a scoring opportunity in the fifth inning when Holly Dirks tripled but didn’t score.

“We broke it open in the sixth, when we strung together six straight hits to take the 4-1 lead,” said McDonald.

Jenna Merhar went 2-2 with an RBI, while Dirks went 2-3, also with an RBI. Tuesday’s win improved the Wolves’ record to 1-1 on the season.

They were scheduled to hit the road Thursday and Friday for contests with Chisholm and Carlton, as the Timberjay went to press. They’ll be back home next Monday and Tuesday for games against South Ridge and Mesabi East.

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