Sunday, July 3, 2011

Jordan edges Ely in trip finale

Ely outhit Jordan 9-3 and had twice as many baserunners in Saturday's game, but it was Jordan that found a way to win, using a three-run rally in the sixth to pull out a 5-4 victory at the Mini Met.

Jordan, last year's state runner-up and a top-four finisher in the state the last seven years, scored three times in the sixth on a pair of walks, an infield single, a blooper to right and a wild pitch.

That spoiled an otherwise effective outing on the mound from Ely senior Alex Koschak. He was the hard-luck loser despite allowing only three hits and striking out nine.

Down 5-3 in the seventh, Ely nearly extended the game with a two-out rally. A Jordan error prolonged the game and allowed Trevor Bernsdorf to score and cut the lead to one. Nick Mathews singled and Riley Bernsdorf was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Jordan got out of the jam and ended the game when Wes Snyder lined out to short.

Ely, now 10-4, took a 3-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring hit by Snyder and a two-run single from Jory Johnson, both with two outs. Jordan got a two-run home from Micah Hennen in the bottom of the frame to make it 3-2.

That's how it stayed until the sixth.

Both Mathews and Trevor Bernsdorf finished with three hits for Ely, and Snyder added two.

Ely led Jordan 5-0 in the fourth inning of a game that was ended by heavy rains on Friday night.

Post 248 is back home on Tuesday, when it kicks off a busy six-game week with a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Deer River, at Veterans Memorial Field.

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