Davis fuels Ely hot streak

Senior throws a no-hitter and adds first career home run

by Tom Coombe
Mason Davis had himself quite a week.
In a span of just over 48 hours, Davis not only had his first home run of his high school baseball career, but turned in a dominant performance on the mound.
The senior threw a no-hitter Monday, fanning 11 batters in a 11-1 five-inning home victory over Littlefork-Big Falls.
Davis, who hit one out of the park two days earlier at Blackduck, has helped fuel a recent hot streak for the Wolves.
They’ve won seven straight games to improve to 8-3 overall and are putting themselves in prime position for a high seed when the Section 7A playoffs begin May 31.
Before then, the Wolves will be busy, with three games this weekend as part of the annual Veterans Memorial Showcase, and five more in as many days in a stretch that starts Monday in Virginia.
Ely figures to be battle-tested, and experienced by the time the playoffs begin at the end of the month.
If the Wolves are to make a deep playoff run, they’ll do so with an almost entirely new cast since last reaching the 7A title game in 2019.
Davis was one of the few remaining Wolves who got experience that year, and he’s quickly putting together an impressive senior campaign.
The no-hitter was his second pitching win of the spring and came on the heels of another dominant performace against Mt. Iron-Buhl.
Littlefork-Big Falls, one of the younger teams in the section, was no match for Davis, who cruised after giving up an unearned run in the top of the first.
The Wolves scored five times in the bottom of the second to put the game away, and the Arrowhead Conference contested ended early because of the 10-run rule.
Sweep at Blackduck
Ely scored a pair of lopsided wins in Blackduck Saturday, taking first place in a single day mini-tournament there.
Davis drilled a fastball far over the left field fence in the top of the second, kickstarting the Wolves in what ended up to be a 12-1, five-inning triumph.
Freshman Caid Chittum and senior Chase Sandberg both drove in two runs each, with Logan Loe singling in a run as part of a big third inning.
That was more than enough for Gunnar Hart, who gave up just one hit through four frames. Loe tossed a scoreless fifth.
In the opener, the Wolvesspotted Red Lake County Central a run then came storming back, winning 11-1 in six innings.
Sophomore Drew Marolt got stronger on the mound as the game progressed, finishing with a three-hitter and six strikeouts.
Chittum, a newcomer to the Wolves’ lineup, continued his hot hitting at the plate and had two hits, two runs batted in and three runs scored.
Junior Erron Anderon had two hits and a run batted in and senior Harry Simons added two hits.
Upset over Cherry
Perhaps the most impressive win during the recent streak was a 3-2, May 13 victory over Cherry, at Aurora.
The Wolves avenged an early-sesason defeat to the Tigers, who have the best mark in 7A, and got a huge effort from Simons on the mound.
Simons went six-and-two-thirds innings, gave up four hits and overcame four hit batsmen to get the victory.
Loe worked out of a jam in the seventh, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs to pick up the save.
Joey Bianco had a key two-run double for the Wolves.
Showcase begins flurry
The Wolves host Cook County Saturday (7:30 p.m.) in the finale of the eight-team home showcase, and home games are set for this week against both Northeast Range (Wednesday) and Two Harbors (Thursday).
Before and after the Wolves are on the road with dates against Rock Ridge (Monday), International Falls (Tuesday) and Deer River (Friday).
Then it’s on to the 7A playoffs, with games at neutral sites beginning on Tuesday, May 31.