MT. IRON— The Rangers scored all the runs they needed in the bottom of the first inning as they kept the Timberwolves at bay to advance to the next round of the Section 7A softball playoffs. …
MT. IRON— The Rangers scored all the runs they needed in the bottom of the first inning as they kept the Timberwolves at bay to advance to the next round of the Section 7A softball playoffs.
Mt. Iron-Buhl put up four in the first and held Ely to just two runs the rest of the way enroute to a 4-2 victory.
Despite the season-ending loss, Ely Head Coach Cory Lassi found plenty of encouragement in his team’s performance. “I thought this was the best defensive game that we played all season,” he said. “I thought we had a lot of hard-hit balls that they made great plays on. I am very proud of the way the girls played.”
Freshman hurler Zoe MacKenzie recovered nicely after that shaky first inning. “Zoe did a great job of hitting her spots pitching and we played very solid defense behind her,” said Lassi. “We were one hit away in many situations.”
Ely picked up its runs in the top of the third, led off by hits from sophomore Clare Thomas and junior Hannah Penke. Senior Kate Coughlin drove them home on a two-run hit to close the gap, but that was all the damage Ely could muster.
“This was a very clean game played on both sides,” said Lassi.
Looking ahead to next year, Ely should see considerable talent returning, although they will lose key leaders in seniors Rachel and Kate Coughlin as well as Madeline Kallberg. “We’re going to miss their consistent play, but I think we are going to miss their character on the team even more,” said Lassi.