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Defending champs win season-opener


The Wolves are howling already.

John Desaulniers picked up where he left off at the end of last season—firing a complete game while belting a home run to lead defending champion Sight & Sound to a 14-3 victory over the Couchiching Raiders in Rainy River District Fastball League action last night at VanJura.

Desaulniers smacked Chris Morrisseau's offering over the fence as Sight & Sound won its season-opener after poor weather washed out their game scheduled for Tuesday.

Wade Johnson homered in a losing cause for the Raiders.

In other games, Windey's Warriors rebounded from a 14-0 loss Tuesday against the Fort Frances Braves to beat the Northwest Bay Chieftains 7-1.

Rob McGinnis, who had a rough outing against the Braves in surrendering five homers, was outstanding in outpitching Chieftains' hurler Tanner Smith in his first game with his new team after moving up from the Northwest Bay Juniors.

In other action last night, the Dawson Tigers bombed the Rainy River Royals 39-1.

Former Manitou Thunderbirds' ace Jeff Morrison earned the win over Benji Dobransky.

Meanwhile, Morrison's former team got along just fine without him for one night as the Thunderbirds battered the Juniors 27-4.

Dan Servello earned the win for Manitou, which got a home run from Chandler Medicine, while Aiden Morrisseau took the loss.

Another runaway game saw the Stratton Eagles blast the expansion Sabaskong Goldeneyes 18-1 in their first-ever game.

Guy Arpin got the win over Keenan Copenace.

Finally, the Barwick Blue Knights, last year's RRDFL runner-up, continued their undefeated ways in the regular season with a 19-4 pounding of the Sabaskong Cubs.

Brandon Pratt had plenty of offensive support while looking strong on the mound in besting Cubs' starter Kevin Copenace.

The Braves and Sabaskong Lakers had the bye last night.

League action resumes Tuesday, with all games beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sight & Sound will visit Couchiching to take on the Warriors while the Braves travel to Northwest Bay to face the Juniors.

Couchiching heads into Manitou, Stratton is in Rainy River, Dawson plays at Barwick, the Lakers and Cubs clash in Sabaskong, and the Goldeneyes host the Chieftains.

The lone Rainy River District Women's Fastball League game slated for Victoria Day will be a makeup game between the Sabaskong Tebinaak and Fort Frances Angels.

It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Sports Field.

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