Ely got solid pitching in an 8-2, 7-1 sweep over Cook County Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field, but the squad had little left in the tank at Marble on Wednesday, falling 7-3 and handing the hosts only their second win of the summer.
Ely (12-3) picked up the home victories behind the pitching of Nick Pecha and Alex Koschak. Pecha won his fifth game in as many decisions and fired a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts, overcoming some early control problems.
The game was decided early as Ely scored four times in the bottom of the first. The first five hitters reached against losing pitcher Dene Taylor and the hosts plated four in the first and three more runs in the second.
Sean Fisher went two-for-two with two walks and two runs scored for the winners. Eighth-grader Louie Gerzin knocked in two runs, while Alex Koschak doubled in a run and scored twice. Both of the runs Pecha allowed were unearned.
It was Koschak's turn in game two. After struggling with control in his earlier starts, the lanky junior did not walk a batter and finished with a six-hitter and seven strikeouts. Koschak ran his record to 2-1 for the summer.
Ely made the most of its eight hits, with Koschak lining two and Fisher getting a triple, a single and scoring twice. Jory Johnson doubled in a run.
Johnson had his first career Legion homer the next evening, but it was one of Ely's only highlights in a 7-3 loss. The round-tripper, which cleared the right field fence, came in the top of the seventh and came with Ely trailing 7-0.
Ely scored three times in the seventh and loaded the bases, but winning pitcher Jayden Gangl escaped with the win. The ninth-grader tossed a five-hitter, struck out six and was backed by strong defense.
Marble got 10 hits against Ely pitchers Johnson and Nick Mathews. Johnson worked four-plus innings and was tagged with his second loss of the year.