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Her-icanes battle to tie with Mud Dogs


With first half action coming to a close in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League, it was time for some make-up games.

The Fort Frances Mud Dogs welcomed the Fort Frances Her-icanes to the St. Francis Sports Field on Monday night in order to make-up a game that was rained out back on May 22.

Despite giving each other their best punch on offence, neither squad was able to come out on top and battled to a 13-13 tie.

After the Her-icanes (8-1-1) opened the scoring in the first, the Mud Dogs (3-4-2) fought back with a three-run frame of their own in the bottom half to forge ahead 3-1.

Dana Ward got the Her-icanes back to within a run in the second as she came through with an RBI groundout.

That set the stage for her squad the following inning as they cashed in on an RBI triple by Mariah Leahy and a pair of RBI single to go ahead 5-3.

An RBI double coupled with an RBI single by Woodgate in the fourth made it a four-run lead for the Her-icanes.

But not to be outdone, the Mud Dogs roared back with a bat-around inning of their own in the bottom half.

The Mud Dogs pounded out nine runs to forge ahead 12-7.

The 'Canes, however, came right back in the fifth with a pair of runs to trim it to 12-10.

Rachelle Yeo then scored on a single in the bottom half to stake the Mud Dogs to a three-run cushion.

It wasn't enough, however, as the Her-icanes plated a trio of runs over the final two innings to deadlock it at 13-13 and preserve the tie.

In other make-up games on Monday night for ones that were postponed back on May 22, the Northwest Bay Beavers cruised to their fifth win in a row with a 14-8 decision over the Dawson Tigers in Pinewood.

Shae Smith homered while Darcy Smith nabbed the pitching win for the Beavers (7-3).

Laurie Fairfield hit a homer while Cass Teeple suffered the loss for the Tigers (2-8).

The Couchiching Raiders rebounded from their first loss of the season to cruise to victory over the Sabaskong Tebinaak.

Jenn Singleton homered twice while Erika Jourdain also went yard for the Raiders, who improved to 9-1 to sit in a first-place tie with the Renegades.

Singleton also garnered the win over Candi Kelly of the Tebinaak (1-7).

And the Red Gut Babes (1-5-3) were awarded a forfeit 7-0 win against the Manitou T-Birdies (1-8) to pick up their first win of the season.

Tonight's make-up games will see the T-Birdies welcoming the Mud Dogs to Manitou Rapids and the Big Grassy Lynx (4-4-1) will take on the Tebinaak.

Second-round league play then is set to go next Wednesday (July 3). There will be no games on Monday due to the Canada Day holiday.

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