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Team #1 cruises to all-star game victory

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Manitou Rapids was the place to be last Wednesday evening if you like offence.

Team #1 blew things wide-open with a five-run fifth inning en route to a 15-3 rout of Team #2 in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League's annual all-star game.

It didn't take long for Team #1 to get rolling, getting three-straight singles off of Northwest Bay Beavers' starter Darcy Smith in the top of the second.

An RBI infield single and then a groundout that scored Couchiching Lady Raiders' first baseman Darcy Jones put Team #1 up 2-0.

Jones took a tumble while crossing home plate but was able to shake it off.

Fort Frances Mud Dogs' outfielder Heather Wright then put her side up by three with an RBI single in the top of the third.

Team #1 extended its lead to 5-0 in the top of the fourth with a pair of RBI singles, which spelled the end of the night for Smith.

Marissa Kerry (Fort Frances Her-ricanes) replaced Team #1 starter Rylee Redford (Fort Frances Angels) to start the bottom of the fourth, which seemed to give some life to Team #2.

Courtney Carlson (Fort Frances Angels) led off with a single to centre, followed by Kaily Greengrass (Mud Dogs) drawing a walk.

After a fielder's choice, Laurie Brown (Emo Renegades) smacked an RBI single to score Greengrass and trim the deficit to 5-1.

Charmaine Hunter (Dawson Tigers) brought home another run with a groundout, but the threat came to an end when Erin Oltsher (Renegades) drew a walk but then was thrown out trying to steal second.

Grace Bragg (Couchiching Lady Raiders) took over on the rubber for Team #2 in the top of the fifth but promptly was greeted with a five-run, bat-around inning that saw Team #1 widen the gap to 10-2.

Team #2 did push across another run in the bottom of the sixth, getting an infield single from Bragg, who then stole second and third on a bobble by the third baseman.

Roxy Handorgan (Big Grassy Lynx) then drew a walk before Ashley Kelly (Sabaskong Tebinaak) cashed in Bragg with a sacrifice fly to make it 10-3.

But Kerry fanned both Kaily Kelly and Carlson to end the inning.

Team #1 then batted around again in the top of the seventh, scoring five more runs to cap the scoring.

Redford, who didn't surrender any runs, nabbed the win for Team #1.

Smith took the loss for Team #2 after giving up five runs.

Meanwhile, the RRDWFL playoffs got underway Monday night, with only one of the three home teams coming out on top.

Grace Bragg was stellar on the rubber, tossing a three-hit complete game as the seventh-ranked Lady Raiders downed the 10th-place Sabaskong Tebinaak 6-1 at Couchiching.

Sabaskong scored its lone run on an error in the top of the first, which held up until the bottom of the fourth.

Steph Legree got the ball rolling for the Lady Raiders, laying down a crafty lead-off bunt against Sabaskong starter Candi Kelly to get on base.

She then stole second before advancing to third on a bad throw.

Jenn Singleton then smacked a triple to centre and was able to score when the ball wasn't thrown in quick enough as Couchiching went ahead 2-1.

Darcy Jones then tripled and came in to score on error to push it to 3-1.

Bragg, who singled and then advanced to third on a groundout, came in to score on an infield single to make it 4-1.

Legree smashed an RBI double to left in the bottom of the fifth inning before an RBI single by Singleton capped the scoring.

Bragg finished with 10 strikeouts to earn the win.

Kelly gave up all six runs to take the loss, finishing with three strikeouts.

Elsewhere, the 11th-ranked Angels upset the sixth-place Big Grassy Lynx by a narrow 10-9 margin.

Rylee Redford nabbed the win while Candace Handorgan took the loss.

And Laurie Fairfield was a star but it was the ninth-seeded Manitou T-Birdies who topped the eighth-seeded Dawson Tigers 21-19.

Fairfield homered twice, including a grand slam, to pace the Tigers' offence in a losing cause.

Summer Leonard went yard for the T-Birdies.

Leonard also nabbed the win while Cass Teeple suffered the loss.

Action resumes tonight at 7 p.m. (weather permitting), with the top five teams that had a first-round bye getting in their initial playoff contests.

The top-ranked Northwest Bay Beavers will host Manitou while the second-seeded Red Gut Babes will square off against Couchiching.

The third-seeded Emo Renegades will host the Angels, with the fourth-seeded Her-ricanes taking on the fifth-ranked Mud Dogs at VanJura.

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