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Sun
04
Jul

Legion Classic goes to the home team

Another weekend, another tournament championship for Ely’s American Legion baseball team.<BR><BR>One week after winning Virginia’s Land of the Loon Tournament, Post 248 dominated its own tournament at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>Ely won four straight games, outscoring its competition by a combined margin of 37-13 to claim the first-place trophy at the 17th annual Ely Legion Classic.<BR><BR>Lefty Tim Scott fanned 11 batters as Ely drilled St. Charles 11-1 in the June 25 tournament opener. The next day, Post 248 picked up its most impressive win of the tournament, a 10-4 decision over defending Classic champion Sartell.<BR><BR>Victories over Proctor (10-4) and St. Charles (6-4) followed and Ely won the event for the third time in four years.<BR><BR>“To win this tournament any year is a heck of an accomplishment,” said Ely Head Coach Tom Coombe.

Sun
04
Jul

Junior League districts, Legion tourney make for busy weekend

The large sign attached to the grandstand at Veterans Memorial Field, the one dubbing Ely as “Baseball Tourney Town USA,” certainly seems appropriate this summer.<BR><BR>The Ely baseball complex hosted American Legion and VFW tournaments the last two weekends, and the facility will be a hub of activity again this weekend, as two separate tournaments take place.<BR><BR>Friday and Saturday, Ely will host 13-and-14-year-olds from around the region as the Minnesota Fourth District Junior League Playoffs begin.<BR><BR>And once the junior teams clear the field, American Legion teams will step right in.<BR><BR>Ely’s Midsummer Legion Classic also is set for this weekend, with the tournament moving over to Ely on Sunday after three games Saturday at Soudan.<BR><BR>This weekend’s contests are part of one of the busiest summers yet at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>From June 29 through Aug.

Sun
04
Jul

Legion runs win streak to 11

The victories just keep piling up for Ely’s American Legion baseball team.<BR><BR>Post 248 maintained its perfect record last week with a pair of lopsided Eighth District Division II routs, running its season-opening win streak to 11 games.<BR><BR>Josh Mathson was a one-man wrecking crew Monday at Chisholm, smashing three home runs, finishing with eight runs batted in and picking up the pitching win as Ely rolled 18-5 in six innings.<BR><BR>Wednesday, both Mathson and Thom hit home runs and Tim Scott fanned 10 batters in a 15-5 triumph over district rival Nashwauk-Keewatin.<BR><BR>Ely, which is at Hibbing today for a doubleheader, needs two more wins to tie the record-setting 2001 Legion squad, which won 13 straight games to start the season.<BR><BR>Last week’s victories put Ely in first place in the district standings and may have cemented the local team’s standing as the favorite for a second straight district title and s

Sat
26
Jun

Home Run Derby set for Fourth of July

The Ely Baseball Association along with Young Life is sponsoring a Home Run Derby on the fourth of July.<BR><BR>The public is invited to watch present and past Ely and Iron Range players compete for the title of “Home Run Champion.”<BR><BR>Among those already signed up to compete is Josh Mathson, the Ely Legion and Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower high school player who set the all-time Minnesota record for home runs (32) in high school baseball.<BR><BR>The competition is open to anyone and there is a $5 fee to participate.<BR><BR>The competition will be scored on a points system, with points awarded for balls that reach a marked off area in the outfield, and for balls that clear the fence.<BR><BR>The champion will receive a trophy and other prizes.<BR><BR>Gates open at 5 p.m.

Sat
26
Jun

Furnstahl, VFW top Virginia

Ely’s VFW baseball team is off to a strong start in conference play.<BR><BR>After wins over Eveleth and Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower the week before, Post 2717 maintained its perfect record in the Border Area Wednesday with a 9-4 win at Virginia.<BR><BR>Nick Furnstahl led the way, tossing a six-hitter with six strikeouts and contributing two hits and four runs batted in at the plate.<BR><BR>It was the only win of the week for the Ely team (5-3), which lost the second game of the twinbill with Virginia and was swept Monday by unbeaten Hibbing.<BR><BR>But the victory at Virginia kept Ely atop the Border Area standings (only the first games of doubleheaders count in league play) and Post 2717 bounced back after a rough afternoon and evening against Hibbing.<BR><BR>Ely struck right away, with Jake Ojala smacking a two-run single to help his team to a 3-0 lead after one inning.

Sat
26
Jun

Six teams here for weekend VFW tourney

Ely’s VFW baseball team should get a chance to see how it matches up with some of the best teams in the area during this weekend’s six-team Ely VFW Classic.<BR><BR>The two-day event kicks off Friday and includes 12 games - eight at Ely’s Veterans Memorial Field and four more in Soudan at Legion Field.<BR><BR>Host Ely meets Nashwauk-Keewatin at 12:30 p.m. Friday and goes under the lights for an 8 p.m. game with Hermantown that evening. On Saturday, Ely squares off against Silver Bay (noon) and Duluth East (7:30 p.m.)<BR><BR>Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower is also in the tournament.<BR><BR>A champion will be determined by best overall record, with head-to-head competition and runs allowed being used to break ties.<BR><BR>Admission for tournament games is $4 per day.<BR><BR>VFW baseball is for players age 16 and under.<BR><BR>• A complete tournament schedule can be found in the scoreboard section.

Sat
26
Jun

Legion wins Virginia tournament, off to 5-0 start

Ely’s American Legion baseball team couldn’t have asked for a much better start to the 2004 season.<BR><BR>Three strong pitching performances, combined with excellent defense and some timely hitting gave Post 248 three wins and a first-place finish at Virginia’s Land of the Loon Invitational.<BR><BR>After an easy 16-0 drubbing of Proctor in the opening round, Ely knocked off tournament host Virginia and Eighth District Division I favorite Grand Rapids in successive games, claiming the championship trophy in Virginia for the second time in four years.<BR><BR>Ely downed Virginia 8-5 in a June 19 semifinal contest, and the championship game included a comeback from a 5-2 deficit and a 6-5 win over Grand Rapids.<BR><BR>Ely, which is gunning for its second straight district Division II crown, knocked off three Division I teams on the way to the title, including Virginia and Grand Rapids teams that are likely to lead the pack in Division I.&

Sun
20
Jun

Legion Classic smaller in size this year

Started more than a decade ago to give Ely’s American Legion baseball team some exposure to competition from outside the area, the Ely Legion Classic has since evolved into one of the top tournaments in northern Minnesota.<BR><BR>The 17th annual event, now sponsored by the Ely Chamber of Commerce, kicks off this weekend and brings top-flight talent from both northern Minnesota and beyond.<BR><BR>But while previous Legion Classics have included as many as nine teams, this year’s event is much smaller in size.<BR><BR>Late withdrawals by several 2003 entrants including one - Duluth Central - that won’t field a team this year, has left the 2004 event with only four teams.<BR><BR>Host Ely will be joined by Legion Classic mainstay Sartell and two first-time entrants: Proctor and St. Charles.<BR><BR>The action begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with host Ely starting its four-game slate at 8 p.m. against Sartell.

Sun
20
Jun

Richards, Starkovich pitch VFW past BEST

Ely’s VFW baseball team got a pair of dominant pitching performances Tuesday night, resulting in a season-opening sweep of Babbitt-Embarrass-Soudan-Tower.<BR><BR>Jordan Richards fired a no-hitter as Ely downed BEST 7-1 in the second game of the twinbill at Veterans Memorial Field.<BR><BR>In the opener, Paul Starkovich allowed just two hits in a 9-3 Ely win.<BR><BR>With all but one starter back and as many as eight 16-year-olds in the lineup, Ely had little resemblance to the 2003 club that went 4-20. In the span of three-and-a-half hours, Post 2717 got off to a perfect start and got halfway to matching its win total from the previous summer.<BR><BR>Ely did it with pitching.<BR><BR>Starkovich, who helped Ely’s high school B-squad team to a solid spring, gave up two unearned runs in the first but settled down the rest of the way.

Sun
20
Jun

Legion shuts down Marble

Ely's American Legion baseball team displayed its pitching depth in its season-opener: a 6-1 victory at Marble last Monday night.<BR><BR>Post 248's top three returning pitchers - Josh Mathson, Tim Scott and Josh Weckman - combined on a three-hitter and were in command throughout the contest.<BR><BR>Mathson worked the first three innings. Scott came on for the next three and Weckman pitched the seventh.<BR><BR>They allowed one hit each and combined to strike nine Marble batters, including two straight 'Ks' by Weckman to end the game.<BR><BR>"We wanted to get all three of those guys some work and I thought they were all sharp," said Ely Head Coach Tom Coombe.

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