Even a bit shorthanded, Ely managed a split over four games in a season-opening home VFW tournament.
Ely's VFW team beat Greenway 10-2 and rallied past Grand Rapids Orange 9-8 during the Taste of Ely Classic, held Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Memorial Field. Post 2717 also dropped a 5-1 decision to Perham and lost 13-2 to Ordean (Duluth East) A during the six-team event.
Pat Huisman, a starter on Ely's high school team, sat out most of the weekend but came off the bench Sunday against Grand Rapids to deliver a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, plating the tying and winning runs.
Another high school starter, Spencer Gaulke, did not play in the tournament except for his complete-game pitching performance in Saturday's victory over Greenway.
Sophomores Kyle Durbin and Andy Krunkkala also had big weekends at the plate for Ely, which cancelled its scheduled Tuesday twinbill with Hibbing. Post 2717 is set to return to action Saturday with games against Aitkin and Hibbing in the Grand Rapids Tournament.
Perham and Ordean A both went 4-0 in the Taste of Ely Classic and shared championship honors.