Davis gets shutout, one-hitter and fans eight

by Tom Coombe -

Ely’s Cody Davis gave up a hit on the first pitch he threw Wednesday afternoon.
The senior righthander wouldn’t be nicked the rest of the day.
Davis finished with a one-hitter and fanned eight batters as the high school baseball team improved to 4-1 with a 16-0, five-inning romp at Littlefork-Big Falls.
The Timberwolves, who suffered their first blemish two days earlier in a 7-4 loss at South Ridge, were never threatened against the young Vikings.
Senior Gage Merhar’s solo home run started a seven-run third inning and the Wolves never looked back.
Four consecutive walks added to the Vikings’ woes, and Ely ended the game early via the 10-run mercy rule.
Junior Tyler Housey went two-for-two with two runs scored for the Wolves, while Merhar added two hits and two runs batted in.
Trevor Mattson knocked in three runs for the winners and Carter Gaulke scored twice.
Ely, which took on Greenway and Cook County in home tilts over the weekend, is gearing up for the meat of its schedule.
The weekend of May 11-12, the Wolves travel west to take on Class AA Pequot Lakes as well as Nevis, a Class A contender.
The sixth annual Veterans Memorial Showcase follows in Ely May 18-19 as the Wolves play Class AA Virginia, Mounds Park Academy and International Falls during the seven-team home tournament.
South Ridge 7, Wolves 4
The Panthers exacted some revenge for a 2017 playoff defeat, scoring three unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth and breaking a four-all deadlock Monday at Culver.
Sophomore Wyatt Kinsley and freshman Payton Gerlach combined to hold the Wolves at bay, scattering six hits.
Ely left 11 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.
The Wolves missed a golden opportunity in the sixth, leaving the bases loaded.
Hits by Mattson, Luke Olson and Tyler Housey plated three runs in the second inning and gave the Wolves a 3-0 lead, but the Panthers countered and tied the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Mattson was tagged with the pitching loss. He worked into the fifth inning, giving up six hits and notching four strikeouts. Housey worked in relief.
Both Mattson and Housey had two hits at the plate.
Wolves 14, Deer River 6
Ely cruised to victory in the Apr. 26 contest at Veterans Memorial Field, dominating the rematch of last season’s Section 7A finals.
Dylan Kienitz worked four strong innings on the mound and was staked to a big lead.
Ely scored twice in the second inning and put the game away with a four-run third and five more runs in the fourth.
Mattson had two hits and three RBI for the winners, while both Merhar and Dalton Schreffler had two hits.
Thomas Montana knocked in a couple of runs for the Wolves.
Both Merhar and Schreffler followed Kienitz in relief.