Thursday, July 30, 2015

Juniors, Lady Raiders down to last chance

There’s no more room for error.
The Fort Frances Juniors and Couchiching Lady Raiders are down to their last lives after both squads lost second-round games last night in the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League double-elimination playoffs.

Second-ranked Northwest Bay scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 9-8 win over the seventh-seeded Lady Raiders, who had tied the game with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Northwest Bay next will host the third-ranked Fort Frances Herricanes this Monday at 6 p.m.
The ninth-seeded Juniors, meanwhile, got hit hard early and often in falling 25-6 to the defending champion and top-ranked Redgut Babes.
The Babes pounced on Juniors’ starter Sara Jackson for an 18-2 lead after two innings.
Jackson settled down after that but the Fort offence couldn’t come up with enough against winning pitcher Tracy Morningstar, who belted two home runs to help her own cause.
Redgut next will welcome the fourth-ranked Manitou Blaze this Monday.
In other action last night, the first two teams were eliminated from further post-season contention.
The sixth-seeded Sabaskong Tebinaak ousted the visiting Big Island Wildcats, seeded eighth, with a 15-14 victory.
Tebinaak next will host the Lady Raiders on Monday, with the loser done for the season.
Meanwhile, the fifth-ranked Big Grassy Lynx sent the No. 10-ranked Sabaskong Cougars into early hibernation with an 8-2 win.
That means the Juniors now head to Big Grassy on Monday, with both teams’ seasons on the line.
Playoff action also was fast and furious in the Rainy River District Fastball League on Tuesday.
The top-ranked Big Grassy Braves moved one win away from a third-straight title with a 9-1 victory over the second-seeded Barwick Blue Knights.
The Braves now can sit back and await the outcome of the five-team battle royale that will take place next week to determine their opponent in the final.
Two other teams were ousted Tuesday after losing their second games of the post-season.
The fourth-ranked Dawson Tigers eliminated the seventh-seeded Big Island Huskies with an 11-6 win.
They now advance to face the third-ranked Sight & Sound Wolves this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at VanJura.
And the 12th-seeded Manitou Thunderbirds also are done following a 16-3 loss to the 10th-seeded Stratton Bobcats.
Stratton next will face fifth-ranked Beef’s Warriors this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Couchiching.

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