Ely squandered plenty of chances, but made the most of the one it did cash in on, defeating Royalton 3-0 in the Class A state baseball consolation semifinals in Jordan, Friday.
The Timberwolves left the bases loaded in the first inning, then broke through with three two-out runs in the second.
That would prove to be the end of the offense for the afternoon, although far from the end of scoring threats.
Ely left the bases loaded again in the third, then had a double play negate a hit and a walk in the fourth.
Royalton had yet to get a base runner entering the fifth, but put the first two aboard on an error and an infield single by junior Jordon Smieja.
The following three batters struck out though, keeping the Royals down by three.
Freshman starter Nathan Psyck stranded another runner in scoring position in the fifth, plus one final batter in the sixth.
Senior Cade Stang led off the top of the seventh with a double off of the left-field wall and senior Matt Presler came up with a two-out, pinch-hit walk to bring the tying run to the plate.
Ely’s starter recorded a final strike out to end the game, however, finishing off a two-hitter.
Royalton finished the season with a record of 12-12, rattling off six consecutive wins in the Section 5A tournament after going 6-10 in the regular season.
Stang and Presler were the team’s lone seniors.