ELY — Gavin Constantine tossed a complete game, three-hitter Saturday to help lead Cherry past Blackduck, 3-2, at the Veterans Memorial Showcase.
Constantine allowed two runs (none earned) on three hits, while striking out six. Gustafson took the loss for Blackduck after going six innings and allowing three runs (none earned) on four hits.
At the plate, the Tigers were paced by Justin Caple, Austin Michaels (double) and Isaac Asuma (double), who each had hits.
At Ely, the Tigers continued their winning ways Saturday with a 3-2 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
Cherry tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth and pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Cherry was fueled by one hit and one RBI by Ryan Peterson and singles by Caple and Constantine.
David Clement picked up the win after coming on to pitch the final 2/3 of an inning. He fanned two batters. Beau Barry started the game and pitched 6 1/3 innings. He fanned 10 batters and gave up two runs (two earned) on six hits.
South Ridge 10
At Virginia, the South Ridge baseball team took down hosting Virginia Saturday. 10-4 at Stock Field.
The Devils tried a multitude of pitchers during the contest, but didn’t find much luck as the Panthers managed to get their hits off of most of them. The game was played as part of Ely’s Veterans Memorial Showcase.
Jack Perala opened the game for the Devils going two innings and striking out six of the seven batters he faced, but after Perala was pulled, the pitching began to fall apart.
Ryan Hujanen pitched the next one and 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out one. Mason Carlson came in for the next one and 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two.
Chris Mason finished the game out for Virginia, giving up two runs on four hits and one walk over the last two innings. He struck out one during his time.
At the plate, the Virginia offense couldn’t get things going as well as South Ridge. Perala led the way with a pair of hits and an RBI. Dawson Flatley and Hujanen both reached base on a walk and then proceeded to score. Cam Kreibich was 1-3 with a run score, as was Carter Thome. And Carlson and Mason each picked up a hit.
Virginia's first game of the day against Silver Bay was canceled due to rain.
Virginia will be in action again on Monday when they host North Woods. That game has an early start time of 3 p.m.
East Central 8
At Ely, Bryce Longwell was hot at the plate Friday as the Timberwolves opened the Veterans Memorial Showcase with a 9-8 victory.
Longwell went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a double and a triple, and had four RBI. Dalton Schreffler, meanwhile, went 2-for-4.
On the hill, Harry Simons started and went 3 1/3 innings and giving up four runs on four hits. Tyler Housey came on in relief to get the win. He threw three innings, fanned five and allowed four runs on five hits.
At Ely, in the Timberwolves second game on Friday Mason Davis and Housey fueled the home team’s 10-6 victory.
House connected for two hits and added three RBI. Davis added a hit and two RBI.
Trevor Mattson earned the win on the bump afer throwing five innings. He struck out six, walked none and gave up five hits.