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Ely doubles up Spartans

Keith Vandervort
Posted 5/19/21

NASHWAUK— Ely improved to 7-6 on the season here on Monday after they doubled up the Spartans with a 6-3 victory. The young Timberwolves squad showed skill as they managed to extricate …

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NASHWAUK— Ely improved to 7-6 on the season here on Monday after they doubled up the Spartans with a 6-3 victory. The young Timberwolves squad showed skill as they managed to extricate themselves from a series of tough innings that could have proved costly.
“I was impressed with the team in their improving ability to battle out of tight situations,” said Ely Head Coach Cory Lassi. “We had three separate innings with runners on second and third and less than two outs, and we didn’t give up a run. We were able to get out of the inning.”
Ely junior Charly Flom went three-for-four with a double, while classmate Katrina Seliskar went two-for-four at the plate. She allowed just three hits and struck out four from the mound. Sophomore Madeline Kallberg also went two-for-four.
The Wolves showed little mercy in a 28-11 Friday afternoon rout in Floodwood. The Wolves’ offense took charge as they racked up 22 runs in the first two innings to put the game out of reach.
“The biggest thing with a score like that is to stay focused, and we did a good job on that,” Lassi said.
Ely seventh-grader Zoe Mackenzie made her varsity debut on the mound against the Polar Bears, pitching two solid innings before running into trouble in the third. Through the first two frames, Mackenzie allowed just one hit and struck out four. She struggled at times to find the strike zone, issuing nine walks. “But overall she did great,” said Lassi. “That’s a lot of pressure for a seventh grader to get her first start in varsity.”
Flom went two-for-two in the game, added two RBIs and scored four runs. Sophomore Rachel Coughlin went three-for-three, while senior Sydni Richards went two-for-four and scored four runs. Sophomore Kate Coughlin went two-for-two and added four RBIs. Seliskar, who finished up in relief on the mound, added a triple for the day.
In a mid-afternoon matchup last Wednesday in Ely, the Wolves struggled against Littlefork-Big Falls, losing 16-6.
Ely managed just six hits against the Vikings. Seliskar went two-for-four at the plate with three RBIs, but gave up 14 hits from the mound, including two doubles and a triple. She struck out four batters and issued eight walks. Flom added two runs for the Timberwolves, while Sydni Richards, Kate Coughlin, and Mackenzie each had a hit.
The Timberwolves were on the road again Wednesday this week with a game at Mt. Iron-Buhl, and were scheduled to host Cherry on Friday, with a 2:30 p.m. start. A Thursday matchup with Northeast Range was rescheduled due to lack of umpires. That game will now be played Wednesday, May 26.
Ely finishes the regular season on the road against Deer River on Tuesday, May 25, and Two Harbors on Thursday, May 27. Playoff action begins June 1.

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