Sunday, June 21, 2015

Defense hinders Ely in DQ finale

Ely's American Legion baseball team ran head long into a familiar nemesis - its own defense - on the final day of the 28th Annual DQ Grill and Chill Classic.

Post 248 committed 10 errors on the day and dropped a 12-3 and 12-4 decisions to district rivals Two Harbors and Esko, respectively, at Veterans Memorial Field.

Ely, which has lost six straight contests, continued to give opponents extra outs throughout the day, and both teams made the hosts pay.

Nathan Bauck had three hits, including a line drive off the ankle of starting pitcher Spencer Gaulke, in Two Harbors' five-inning win.

The Bauck smash knocked Gaulke out of the game in the third inning, and came after three Ely errors led four unearned runs.

Two Harbors gave winning pitcher Tim Luoma plenty of cushion, and the righthander worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, finishing with a four-hitter and three strikeouts.

Brody Skala and Gage Merhar knocked in runs in a losing cause for Ely.

In the nightcap, three Ely errors in the top of the first led to four Esko runs, and that all but decided the contest.

Jeff Willis and Kyle Durbin drove in runs in the second inning to trim the lead to 5-3, but Esko came with four runs in the top of the fourth, helped by two Ely errors.

Tyler Peterson had two hits and two runs batted in for Esko, and winning pitcher Derek Peterson scattered seven hits with four strikeouts.

Merhar singled and tripled for Ely, while Elliot Omerza was tagged with the pitching loss.  He gave up eight hits but also walked 10 batters.

In other DQ Classic action, Foley clinched first-place in the abbreviated, rain-shortened tournament with a a 5-0 win over Roseau and a 5-2 triumph against Kenyon.  Roseau outscored Two Harbors 8-7.

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