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Wolves outlast Tigers in RRDFL thriller


Talk about an action-packed game.

The Sight & Sound Wolves erased a pair of multi-run deficits en route to storming back and claiming a 13-11 win over the Dawson Tigers in Rainy River District Fastball League action on Thursday night at VanJura.

After the Tigers (6-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run double in the first innings, the Wolves stormed back with four runs of their own in the bottom half.

Aaron Caul came around to score on a single after he led off with a double before Matt Sweigard cranked a three-run homer later in the frame to put the Wolves (5-4) ahead 4-2.

But undeterred, the Tigers rallied back with a seven-run frame of their own in the second.

Mitch Seguin unleashed a two-run homer to centre after a two-run single and an RBI single had already been hit in the frame to put Dawson back on top 7-4.

The Tigers then got a pair of RBI singles later in the frame as they went up by five runs.

Paul Visser smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the third before another RBI single trimmed the deficit to 9-6.

Then in the fourth, Sweigard clubbed an RBI single before Visser knocked in a two-run double to knot it at 9-9.

Seguin came up clutch one again for the Tigers in the sixth as he crushed a leadoff homer to centre to put Dawson back on top before an RBI single made it a two-run lead.

But the Wolves had some more tricks up their sleeves and salted the game away in the bottom half.

Visser came through with an RBI single before Derek McKinnon and Visser both came into score after the ball got away on a strikeout and a poor throw to first found its way into the outfield.

Another passed ball later in the frame allowed the Wolves to score a third run as they went up 13-11.

John Desaulniers—who came into pitch in relief of Murray Armstrong in the sixth—took over from there in the top of the seventh, striking out the side after surrendering a leadoff walk, to preserve the Wolves' fifth win of the season.

Kevin Gemmell was tagged with the loss for the Tigers.

In other games last Thursday night, the Fort Frances Braves improved to a league-best 9-0 with an 11-3 win over the Stratton Eagles at Couchiching.

Travis Tom, Cole Tymkin, Logan Jackson, and Brandon McGinnis all hit homers while Tymkin also earned the pitching win for the Braves.

Guy Arpin was tagged with the loss for the Eagles (5-5), who saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.

The Sabaskong Lakers picked up their third win in a row with a 9-2 decision over the Couchiching Raiders.

James Yerxa garnered the win for the Lakers (4-5) over Sheldon Kelly Jr. of the Raiders (6-4).

Ben Smith homered to pace the Northwest Bay Chieftains to a 10-8 victory over the Sabaskong Goldeneyes for their first win of the season.

Don Smith earned the win for the Chieftains (1-8) while Darryl Beacham suffered the loss for the Goldeneyes (2-6).

Matt Comegan homered as Windy's Warriors rolled to a 12-4 win over the Rainy River Royals.

Rob McGinnis nabbed the win for the Warriors (5-4) over Myron Armstrong of the Royals (5-4).

The Barwick Blue Knights (5-4) at Manitou Thunderbirds (2-7) game was postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the season.

Last night's games, the outcomes of which weren't known as of press time, pitted the Lakers against the Braves, the Wolves tangled with the Goldeneyes, the Royals travelled to Manitou to take on the Thunderbirds, the Raiders welcomed the Eagles, the Warriors played host to the Blue Knights, and the Chieftains made the trip to Pinewood to take on the Tigers.

The annual RRDFL all-star game is set for tomorrow night, with the East taking on the West at 7 p.m. at the Manitou Ball Park.

Second-round league play then is slated to begin next Tuesday (July 2).

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