The late innings belonged to Ely Post 248 Friday night, and the result was an opening round victory in the Sir G's Midsummer Classic.
Ely scored twice in the sixth to tie the game, then got a game-winning single from Nick Mathews in the bottom of the seventh to beat St. Paul Arcade-Phalen 4-3 at Veterans Memorial Field.
Mathews' liner to right plated Riley Bernsdorf, who opened the bottom of the seventh with a double to the left-center gap, and Ely won its eighth straight contest and improved to 17-3 on the season.
Senior Greg Helget went the distance on the mound and finished with a complete-game four-hitter with five strikeouts. He allowed just one earned run.
Trailing 3-1 entering the sixth, Post 248 tied the game when four straight batters reached base. Louie Gerzin scored on a wild pitch to cut the gap to 3-2, while Cody Bialik's safety squeeze bunt plated Wes Snyder.
Both Helget and Snyder finished with two hits for Ely, which takes on Duluth Lakeview at noon Saturday.
Viroqua (Wis.) beat Lakeview 3-1 earlier Friday night, and Ely's win capped a 13-hour day at the ballpark that included five games and a nearly hour-long rain delay.