Thursday, September 18, 2014

T’birds put end to Raiders’ season

And just like that, it was over.
The No. 12-seeded Manitou Thunderbirds survived a late rally to upset the sixth-ranked Couchiching Raiders 15-14 in Rainy River District Fastball League third-round playoff action last night at Couchiching.

Coupled with their 16-3 loss to the Sight & Sound Wolves on Tuesday, last night’s defeat eliminated the Raiders from further contention.
Manitou, who had finished in the basement during the regular season, built a 15-7 lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning before Couchiching scored seven times and put the tying run at third with two out.
But Manitou infielder Brendan Big George threw out the Raiders’ baserunner on a close play at the plate to end the game—and the season for Couchiching.
Jason Wilson earned the win over Mike Jourdain.
Couchiching’s Jesse Morrisseau had the lone home run in the game.
Manitou now moves on in the losers’ bracket for a showdown Tuesday with the No. 10 Stratton Bobcats, who pulled off their own upset last night by ousting the eighth-seeded Northwest Bay Chieftains with a 5-2 win.
Murray Armstrong outduelled Wade Johnson as Stratton continued its late-season surge after starting the season 0-10.
Two teams from the same reserve also were shown the post-season exit last night.
The ninth-ranked Sabaskong Lakers were dumped 11-6 by the No. 7 Big Island Huskies, with Matt Comegan getting the win against Merlin Kelly.
Home runs came off the bats of “Buttons” Copenace and Dosk Morrison.
Meanwhile, the 11th-seeded Sabaskong Cubs saw their season end with a 12-4 loss to the fourth-ranked Dawson Tigers.
Matt Anderson homered for the Tigers off losing pitcher Kevin Copenace.
Dawson hurler Mitch Seguin earned the win.
The Wildcats and Tigers will do battle in Dawson this Tuesday.
In the winners’ bracket last night, the top-ranked and two-time defending champion Big Grassy Braves edged fifth-ranked Beef’s Warriors 5-4.
Travis Tom notched the win while Sheldon Kelly took the loss.
The Braves next will host their victims from last year’s final, the second-ranked Barwick Blue Knights, this Tuesday.
The Blue Knights upended the third-ranked Sight & Sound Wolves 6-4 last night.
Kevin Gemmell bashed a home run for Barwick while J.J. Landry got the job done on the mound.
Marcel Pagee was tagged with the loss.
The Wolves next will face the winner of the Dawson-Big Island showdown.
Beef’s Warriors, meanwhile, are awaiting the winner of the Stratton-Manitou match-up.

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