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Baseball: Mariners nearly oust Ely

Silver Bay held a one-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Ely, but a pair of walks and a dropped fly ball allowed the Timberwolves to score a pair of runs and take move on in the Section 7A tournament Thursday, May 31, in Cohasset.

Ely had already lost earlier in the day to Carlton and the Mariners had an opportunity to eliminate the Timberwolves, a top-five Class A team this season, but couldn't hang on to play.

Pitcher Mason Ollman allowed just one hit and one run in the loss, while striking out five, but two late walks set the table for the Ely comeback.

Seniors Jason Blood and Jake Bilben each had an RBI in their final game in a Mariner uniform.

Earlier in the day, Silver Bay cruised past Northeast Range in a 14-4 five inning win for the Mariners.

Pitcher Riley Tiboni allowed five hits and three earned runs in the win. Tiboni and third baseman Ero Wallin each had two RBIs in the route.

Silver Bay (11-12) was inconsistent at times throughout the season and will lose catcher Jared DeHart, in addition to Blood and Bilben, but the rest of the team are freshmen and sophomores.

Tiboni and Wallin were both solid on the mound and Ollman improved throughout the season. If the young squad continues to develop over the offseason, Silver Bay will have a squad that looks to contend for the Section 7A crown for the next two to three seasons.

Section 7A Tournament

Thursday, May 31

Silver Bay 14, Northeast Range 4, five innings

At Cohasset. WP: Riley Tiboni 5IP, 3ER, 5H, 3K, 2BB. SB: Chase Japerson 2x2; Jason Blood 2x4, 2RBI; Ero Wallin 1x3, 2RBI; Jake Bilben 2x3, RBI.

Ely 7, Silver Bay 6

At Cohasset. LP: Mason Ollman 4.1IP, H, 5K, R. SB: Riley Tiboni 1x2 2RBI; Jason Blood 1x4, RBI; Ero Wallin 1x4, 2RBI; Chase Jasperson 1x1.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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