HIBBING— The Timberwolves ended an up-and-down season on Tuesday, as Cook County edged the Wolves 6-5 in the opening round of the Section 7A playoffs. “We rode a roller coaster all season …
HIBBING— The Timberwolves ended an up-and-down season on Tuesday, as Cook County edged the Wolves 6-5 in the opening round of the Section 7A playoffs. “We rode a roller coaster all season long,” said Head Coach Frank Ivancich, who noted the team entered the season with an abundance of young and inexperienced players. “We certainly got better as the season progressed,” he said.
As has happened throughout the season, errors proved costly for the Wolves again on Tuesday, as the Vikings picked up five of their six runs on four Ely errors. “That was just too much to overcome,” said Ivancich. Ely hurler Harry Simons pitched well, scattering seven hits and striking out three Cook County batters while walking just one, but ended up tagged with the loss. The Wolves finished the season with an 8-12 record.
Ely senior Will Davies wrapped up his high school baseball career with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs in the contest. Junior Jacob Towley also connected for two hits.
The Wolves finished their regular season last week with a 13-8 loss at Two Harbors. Towley took the loss for Ely, allowing nine runs on five hits in two innings pitched. Sophomore Gunnar Hart pitched two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.Davies allowed two runs on two hits, while striking out four, in his two innings on the mound. Davies again led Ely with two hits and two RBIs, while Towley ripped a double and sophomore Logan Loe drove in two runs.
Davies had an outstanding career, noted Ivancich. “Will has experienced two state tournaments in 2016 and 2017, and a Section 7A final appearance in 2018. Will ended the season as our leading hitter, with a.428 batting average, with 30 hits, 26 runs scored, 13 RBIs, and a team-leading eight doubles.” Davies was also named to IRC Conference, Arrowhead, and Section 7A All-Conference Teams.
Ivancich said his young team had a tough time losing, even to better teams. “We struggled with that as the season came down the stretch and that inability to handle setbacks whether during an inning or an at-bat or during a stretch of games was our biggest challenge and will continue to be as we move into playing summer baseball,” he said. “On the flip side of that, all that playing and experience does help to get a player over those setbacks that baseball throws at you. Overall, it was a great spring season of baseball and with our numbers over 40 players in the program, the future looks great.”