Walkoff win for Wolves

Ely comes back in seventh, stuns Mesabi East to remain unbeaten

by Tom Coombe
Ely’s high school softball team was only temporarily deflated on Tuesday.
After coughing up a three-run lead in the top of the seventh, it looked as if the Timberwolves season-opening winning streak would come to an end.
But “not so fast,” responded Ely junior Madeline Kallberg, who calmly stepped up to the plate and ripped a bases-clearing double that gave the Wolves a 10-9 victory Mesabi East.
Kallberg’s one-out gapper capped a seesaw affair and gave Ely its fourth consecutive victory to open a late-starting 2022 campaign.
But the Wolves are making up for lost time, with the home win part of a furious stretch.
By May 13, the Wolves will have completed a stretch that includes eight games in 11 days.
Clare Thomas, Kate Coughlin and Rachel Coughlin all had two hits against Mesabi East, as did Kallberg, who finished with four runs batted in.
In the circle, pitcher Katrina Seliskar scattered nine hits.
Ely had built a 7-4 lead through six innings, only to see the edge evaporate in the top of the frame - setting the stage for the dramatics in the bottom half.
While Monday’s game with South Ridge was a casualty of the weather, Ely improved to 3-0 on April 30, holding on to defeat Class AA Two Harbors 8-7.
Ely grabbed an early lead against the Agates and had to weather a late storm.
Seliskar struck out five while going the distance and yielded only three earned runs.
Both Seilskar and Flom scored twice for the winners, and eighth-grader Zoe Mackenzie was three-for-four with a run batted in.
Flom finished with two hits, as did Thomas.
It was no contest April 28 at Ely, where the Wolves cruised past Deer River 13-0 in their home debut.
Mackenzie pitched the shutout, striking out six in five innings while giving up only three hits.
She had plenty of run support.
Ely managed only five hits, but the Wolves stole seven bases and capitalized on walks and errors to end the game early.
Seliskar, Kallberg, Kate Coughlin and Cedar Ohlhauser scored two runs each, while Seliskar, Kate Coughlin and Kallberg all drove in two runs.
• The Wolves are at Cook County Saturday before returning home for matchups with International Falls (Monday), Nashwuak-Keewatin (Tuesday) and North Woods (Friday).
In between is a Thursday contest in Babbitt, against Northeast Range.