The second wave of the Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs were held Tuesday night with Sight and Sound falling to Zig’s Place 5-2 at Manitou, eliminating them from the double knock-out tournament.
The Fort Frances-based team had an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning from runs by Ed Vold and Dwayne Carlson. Zig’s scored three quick runs of their own in the bottom of the third
The Windego brothers, third baseman Gary and pitcher Will put the game out of reach in the sixth and seventh innings, belting a home run each off Sight and Sound pitcher Harvey Flammand.
Zig’s second baseman Alain Tanguay was pleased with how disciplined they were against Sight and Sound, especially when they threatened to tie in the late innings.
“It was our defence that did it for us,” he said. “We had only one error and we usually have four or five. Less errors, means less pitches you can throw which really helped Will.”
Sight and Sound captain Derek McKinnon said while the team were hit with a slew of injuries to their regulars throughout the season, they couldn’t get the offence when they needed them.
“It was a tough way to have a season end,” he said. “We just couldn’t hit.”
McKinnon said the team had come off a strong performance over the weekend in Vasser where they finished second overall.
Tanguay said its been a memorable first year for Zig’s Place. After finishing the season below .500, they have a 1-1 record heading into their third playoff game against in Big Grassy tonight.
“I’m pretty surprised how well this team has played,” he noted on a team composed of mostly new or reinterested players from Red Gut, Northwest Bay, and Manitou. “We weren’t sure how things were going to go but here we are contending with the big boys.”
Elsewhere Tuesday, Emo defeated Pinewood 7-3, Barwick shutout Big Grassy 3-0, and Stratton used a late inning scoring run to nip Big Island 5-2 to end their season.
Emo and Barwick are the only undefeated teams remaining (2-0) and will meet each other at VanJura Stadium tonight at 8 p.m. Emo’s regular ball diamond is not available with a damaged centre field wall and a less than stellar field from last weekend’s Fall Fair.
Other action tonight will see Stratton (1-1) host Pinewood (1-1).