Comebacks the norm for Junior Legion; Ely rallies to beat Virginia, Nashwauk-Keewatin to go to 5-1

by Tom Coombe -

Down five runs? No problem.
Give up six? Just wait awhile.
Usually imposing deficits were simply temporary obstacles for Ely in Junior Legion baseball action in the last week.
In back-to-back games, Ely wiped out five and six-run deficits and came away with victories, improving to 5-1 for the summer.
Post 248 spotted Virginia a 5-0 lead Tuesday night before rallying for an 8-5 home victory.
Five days earlier, a 6-0 gap was overcome quickly by host Ely, which downed Nashwauk-Keewatin 15-8.
Despite giving up several runs, Ely pitching was largely solid in both contests, as opponents capitalized on errors to bolt out to early advantages.
Ely countered in both games, using a red-hot offense to overcome its foes.
Trevor Mattson, who also got the pitching win, cleared the bases loaded with a three-run double, giving Ely a 7-5 lead over Virginia.
The lefty settled in and shut down the visitors, finishing a complete-game five-hitter with three strikeouts. He gave up only one earned run.
Dalton Schreffler helped fuel the Ely offense with three hits, while Luke Olson added two hits, scored two runs and drove in two runs.
Mattson also helped his own cause with two hits at the plate.
Ely scored six times with two outs in the bottom of the second, tying the June 14 game with Nashwauk-Keewatin.
Post 248 pulled ahead the next inning and nearly finished the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
Tyler Housey had three hits including a triple. The senior-to-be scored three runs and drove in two.
Schreffler knocked in four runs for the winners. He scored twice and had two hits.
Eighth-grader Jacob Towley had three hits and scored twice, while classmate Harry Simons added two hits of his own.
Ryan Quick added two more hits to the barrage and Tjae Banks tripled.
Olson scattered eight hits en route to his first pitching win of the summer. He struck out three and gave up an earned run.
• Ely was set to take on International Falls after deadline and will host North Woods at 5 p.m. Tuesday.