Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Men’s fastball playoffs set

Let the real games begin.
The Rainy River District Fastball League got down to postseason business last night as the first round of the playoffs began at various locations.

First-round byes went to the two-time defending champion Big Grassy Braves, who finished atop the standings, as well as their opponents in last year’s championship final, the second-ranked Barwick Blue Knights; No. 3-rated Sight & Sound Wolves and No. 4-ranked Dawson Tigers.
Those four teams will host second-round games on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
No. 5-seeded Beef’s Warriors hosted the No. 12-ranked Manitou Thunderbirds at the St. Francis Sportsfields last night, with the winner travelling to Dawson to play the Tigers.
The No. 8-seeded Northwest Bay Chieftains entertained No. 9 Sabaskong Lakers in Northwest Bay, with the survivor there facing the daunting task of trying to upend the undefeated Braves in Big Grassy.
No. 7 Big Island Huskies welcomed No. 10 Stratton Bobcats, with Barwick awaiting the victor for a second-round meeting at George Oltsher Field.
With the playing conditions on the Rodrick and Telford Ball Field on Couchiching First Nation uncertain after Monday’s thunderstorm, there was no confirmation whether the No. 6 Couchiching Raiders were able to take on the No. 11 Sabaskong Cubs there last night or whether the game would be moved to St. Francis Sportsfields tonight.
The winner there will tangle with Sight & Sound at VanJura Park.
In makeup games from last week, Barwick crushed the Wolves 17-5 behind the pitching of J.J. Landry and a pair of home runs from Brandon Pratt.
Cole Kaemingh, Aaron Caul and Vaughn Wilson also went deep for Barwick against losing pitcher Marcel Pagee.
Beef’s also took it on the chin in a 7-4 loss to Dawson.
Jaden Gustafson went the distance to pick up the win and also homered, with Kam Kuzyk also delivering a fence rocket.
Sheldon Kelly took the loss for the Warriors.
Couchiching bested Manitou 8-2, with Chris Morrisseau earning the pitching victory over Dan Servello.
Suddenly red-hot Stratton smoked Northwest Bay 13-2, as Guy Arpin won the mound matchup against Darren Smith.
The Lakers dumped Big Island 13-8, with home runs coming off the bats of John Tompkins, Kyle Copenace and “Goose” Morrison.
Merlin Kelly picked up the win on the hill, while Carl Daisk Big George was tagged with the loss.
Meanwhile, the league’s all-star game is set for VanJura Park tomorrow at 7 p.m.
Each team has been asked to submit a roster featuring one choice from their team at each position.
The managers of Big Grassy and Barwick, last year’s finalists and this year’s top-two finishers, will then pour over the list and make their selections for the game.

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