Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Herricanes win opener

It may have taken a while for the ice to come out of Rainy Lake.
But the bats of the Fort Frances Herricanes were fully thawed last night.

The squad exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning to bust open a 4-4 tie en route to a 17-10 victory over the host Couchiching Lady Raiders in the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League season-opener for both teams.
Fort Frances sent 14 batters to the plate in the fourth, with Caylee Woolsey smacking an RBI single off losing pitcher Sydney Jones to start the onslaught.
She later drew a walk with the bases loaded to end it.
Charity McMahon added a two-run single in the frame while three Lady Raiders’ errors and another bases-loaded walk accounted for the other runs.
Herricanes’ starter Laureen Hill earned the win, pitching four innings and then coming back in the seventh to close the game after McMahon and Dana Ward each tossed one inning.
Jones took the loss for Couchiching, which lost to the Her-icanes in last year’s semi-final.
Jen Singleton led the Lady Raiders offensively with three RBIs.
In other action, the Fort Frances Junior Girls fell 15-7 to the host Big Grassy Lynx in their first league game after being one of five expansion teams to come on board this season.
Two other games featured match-ups of new teams.
Northwest Bay downed the host Big Island Wildcats 16-10 while visiting Manitou pounded the Sabaskong Tebinaak 24-9.
As for the defending champion Redgut Babes, they looked in mid-season last night form in a 34-4 rout of the host Sabaskong Cougars.
In men’s action, the Rainy River District Fastball League opened its season Tuesday night after a week-long delay due to poor weather.
The Fort Frances-based Sight & Sound Wolves were all over the Big Island Huskies 16-2 while the Couchiching Raiders were upset 14-9 by the Dawson Tigers.
Beef’s Warriors, the other Couchiching-based team on the circuit, took care of the Manitou Thunderbirds 12-5.
Other action saw the two-time defending champion Big Grassy Braves throttle the Northwest Bay Chieftains 14-2 while the Sabaskong Cubs manhandled the Stratton Eagles 25-9.
And the Sabaskong Lakers edged last year’s league runner-up, the Barwick Blue Knights, by a 5-4 score.
The men are back in action tonight with six more games on the schedule.
Sight & Sound will host Stratton at VanJura, Beef’s Warriors are home to the Sabaskong Lakers, while Couchiching travels to Barwick.
The other games include Big Island at Big Grassy, Dawson at Northwest Bay, and Manitou visiting the Sabaskong Cubs.
All games get underway at 7 p.m.

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