Friday, October 24, 2014

Bay bunch beats ’Canes

Darcy Smith has been feasting on opposing hitters all year.
Seeing a Fort Frances Herricanes lineup missing some of its key batters must have had her licking her chops.

Smith was overpowering on the hill and got help from her defence to lead Northwest Bay to an 8-3 win over the league-leading Herricanes in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action on Monday at home.
The Herricanes (12-2-1) were without regulars Barb McQuaker, Candy Teeple, Andrea Sweigard, Gina Pope and Neva Carlson for the contest.
That meant having to put some players in unfamiliar positions on the field and incorporate new players picked up for the game into the mix, some with little if any fastball experience.
Northwest Bay (10-2) took advantage to get to starting Herricanes pitcher Laureen Hill and sweep their two-game season series with the Fort.
The victory was big rebound for Northwest Bay after it was throttled 27-11 by the defending league champion Redgut Babes last Wednesday (July 16).
Smith had an uncharacteristically tough evening against the Babes, who rode the pitching of Tracy Morningstar to the win.
The Herricanes had more luck on that night, splitting a doubleheader against the Big Grassy Lynx at St. Francis Sportsfields.
Hill was stellar in a 9-1 Fort win against Big Grassy pitcher Nancy Indian in the opener, but the Lynx roared back for a 14-6 decision in the back end of the twinbill.
In other games from Monday, Redgut smacked the Couchiching Lady Raiders 14-2, with Lynn Windego outduelling Sydney Jones on the mound.
The Maniotu Blaze doubled the Sabaskong Cougars 10-5, with Bev Cochrane picking up the pitching win and Janelle Andy homering in the contest.
Loralene Whiteye absorbed the loss for the Cougars.
There were no scores reported in the games between the Fort Frances Juniors and the Big Island Wild Cats or the Lynx and Sabaskong Tebinaak.
In other games from July 16, the Juniors pushed the Lady Raiders before falling 8-5 as the young expansion team still searches for its first win of the year.
Sydney Jones went the distance on the mound for Couchiching, which received a homer from Courtney Easton.
Sara Jackson was the hard-luck loser, with Rylee Redford popping a home run of her own for the Juniors.
Manitou nipped Big Island 8-7, with Karma Andy getting the deicsion over Candice Handorgan.
Sabaskong Tebinaak beat its on-reserve rivals, the Cougars, 21-7 with Janet Bob getting the win.
Ashley Kelly homered, while Whiteye took the loss for the Cougars.
The regular season schedule officially wraps up tonight, although there are still a slew of makeup games to be played before the start of next week’s playoffs.
The Herricanes will host Sabaskong Tebinaak at VanJura Park, while the Juniors are in Sabaskong to face the Cougars and Couchiching plays at home against Northwest Bay.
Redgut is in Big Island, while Manitou visits Big Grassy.
All games get underway at 7 p.m.
The league will also hold its first all-star game next week, although the exact date, location and time were unavailable at press time.

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