Ely returns most of lineup

Softball team experienced as it gets set to begin delayed 2022 season

by Tom Coombe
A young team a year ago, the Ely Timberwolves now boast plenty of experience when they finally get their 2022 high school softball season underway.
Like most spring sports teams in the region, the Wolves have been largely confined to the gymnasium because of a winter that just won’t seem to let up its grip on Minnesota’s Arrowhead region.
But the season should finally get underway Tuesday, when the Wolves face Mt. Iron-Buhl on the Rangers’ artificial turf field, and Ely perhaps could benefit from an extended time in the gym.
“It’s given us a lot of time to work on fundamentals and little things,” said head coach Cory Lassi, who begins his second season at the helm. “Last year we had four or five games that we lost that were decided by one or two runs, so in the gym we’ve focused on some little things. We don’t have to be more talented, we just have to do some small things better.”
Even so, talent is not in short supply for an Ely team that won 10 games last spring and pulled off a first-round playoff upset at Littlefork-Big Falls.
Eight of nine starters return for the Wolves, including senior shortstop Charly Flom.
As a junior, Flom hit over .450 and led the Wolves in nearly every statistical category.
Flom anchors an Ely lineup that also includes experience in the circle with the return of senior pitcher Katrina Seliskar.
“Katrina started almost every game for us last year,” said Lassi. “She does a really good job of pitching strikes and throwing outs and one more year of experience with these girls behind her will make us stronger.”
Of the Wolves, Lassi said “last year we were so young it was one of those things where we wanted to keep learning and get better with each game, and now all of the girls have another year of experience.”
Flom heads an infield that returns intact, with juniors Madeline Kallberg (first base) and Rachel Coughlin (third base) at the corners and freshman Bella Davis at second.
Ely also returns starting outfielders Kate Coughlin (left field), Clare Thomas (center field) and Raven Sainio (right field).
Behind the plate, the Wolves are counting on Cedar Ohlhauser, who steps into the lineup and will help both defensively and at the plate.
Ninth-grader Zoe Mackenzie is also in the mix in the outfield and serves as Ely’s second pitcher.
Snow as well as poor field conditions have delayed the season-opener and led to extended gymnasium time, but the Wolves should be busy once they finally get on the field.
Depth shouldn’t be a problem either, with turnout for the program the highest it has been in several years, with 31 players in grades 7-12.
Lassi is assisted by Megan Wognum and Tony Rechichi.
The Wolves are hoping the snow melts and the field dries in time for a rescheduled home opener on April 25 against Northeast Range.