Wes Snyder broke out of a mini-batting slump in a big way on Sunday, smashing a two-run triple and a grand slam as Ely blasted West Duluth 14-3 in five innings and claimed its second straight consolation championship at Virginia's Land of the Loon Tournament.
Snyder's mammoth grand slam to centerfield came in the top of the fifth and allowed Post 248, now 4-1, to end the game early by way of the 10-run rule. The lefty finished with three hits and six runs batted in for the winners.
Snyder also picked up his second pitching win of the year, working the first four frames and holding the Cubs (1-2) to three hits. Trevor Bernsdorf pitched a perfect fifth inning.
It was Bernsdorf who got Ely off to a solid start, launching a solo home run to lead off the game. That set the stage for a 13-hit Ely barrage.
Trailing 2-1, Ely erupted for seven runs in the top of the second. Alex Koschak's run-scoring hit put Post 248 in front to stay, and Snyder followed with a two-run triple. Three unearned runs scored when a West Duluth fielder dropped a fly ball off the bat of Bernsdorf.
Koschak, Sean Fisher and Nick Mathews all had two hits for Ely, while Riley Bernsdorf went two-for-two, with two runs scored and a sacrifice fly.
Ely is off until Tuesday, when it goes to Chisholm for an Eighth District Division II league contest.