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Ely keeping it close in high-scoring games

Keith Vandervort
Posted 5/5/21

ELY – Heading into Monday’s game at International Falls, Ely’s 3-3 record included high-scoring games with both wins and losses. They held true to form against the Broncos as they …

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Ely keeping it close in high-scoring games

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ELY – Heading into Monday’s game at International Falls, Ely’s 3-3 record included high-scoring games with both wins and losses. They held true to form against the Broncos as they dropped to 3-4 on the season after suffering a 10-8 loss.
Pitcher Katrina Seliskar had one of her rougher outings of the season as she gave up the 10 runs on 11 hits, while issuing five walks. She also struck out three batters. At the plate, Sydni Richards had four RBIs. Charly Flom and Kate Coughlin each went two for four.
“I’m happy with where we are so far this season,” said Coach Cory Lassi. “Out of the four losses, two of those were two-run games that we were in. We could easily be 5-2.”
More than just the record, Lassi looks to the growth he sees in the team each week. “We told the girls from the start, there’s two things we want to see. We hope they enjoy being out here and have fun playing the game,” he said. “We don’t know if or when we might get a call that we are forced to quarantine for two weeks because of COVID. That would be a big chunk of the season. The other thing is, I want to see them get better each time they hit the field. I see improvement every game.”
Ely opened the month of May with a rare morning game at home last Saturday against Cook County that resulted in an impressive 13-3 victory in five innings.
Multiple Ely players had big days with multiple hits. Kate Coughlin went two for three at the plate, scored three runs and added two RBI. Charly Flom went two for two and scored twice. She also added two RBI. Madeline Kallberg score twice and added three RBI. She went two for four at the plate. Seliskar got the win. She struck out five, scattered eight hits and didn’t walk anyone. 
On April 28, Ely fell 13-3 to host South Ridge. Flom gave up 11 hits and walked five to take the loss. Kate Coughlin went one-for-three with a double and an RBI. She also scored a run. Madeline Kallberg was one-for-three at the plate with a double and a run scored.
Coach Lassi singled out Seliskar for her pitching as well as hitting ability. “I moved her down in the lineup from second to fifth and ever since she’s come to the plate with a lot of confidence,” he said. “She’s an all-around solid player. She’s always around the strike zone and throws outs.”
He added, “Charly makes solid plays every time. And from the lead-off spot she finds a way to get on base. Yesterday, in her first at-bat she fell behind 0-2, and ended up drawing a walk.”
The Timberwolves were set to host Eveleth-Gilbert on Thursday, and travel to North Woods on Friday. Ely will return home Monday to host Mt. Iron on Monday. Ely’s home game against Littlefork-Big Falls on Wednesday, May 12 will start at 3 p.m. because of the Junior/Senior banquet later that evening.

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