Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ely pounds Taconite in five-inning opener

All in one night, Ely's American Legion baseball team won its season opener, avenged a 2013 playoff defeat, and pounded out 16 hits.
The offensive barrage, fueled by Pat Huisman and Elliot Omerza, helped give Post 248 a 13-3, five-inning victory over Taconite.
Ely scored four runs in the top of the first and sent 14 batters to the plate in an eight-run fourth, staking winning pitcher Louie Gerzin to a commanding lead.
Gerzin was nearly untouchable, battling some control problems but finishing with 11 strikeouts in four frames. Fellow senior Will Gustafson fired a scoreless fifth frame as Ely closed out the Eighth District win at Marble.
Huisman finished three-for-three at the plate and had a two-run double in the fourth, while Omerza belted three hits and drove in two runs.
Gerzin and Spencer Gaulke finished with two hits each and Gustafson drove in two runs as Ely took down a Taconite team that reached the state tournament a year ago and won its first three games this summer.
Ely is back in action Friday night (8 p.m.), taking on Foley in the first round of the DQ Grill and Chill Classic at Veterans Memorial Field.

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