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Barwick ties up final in thriller


The best series anyone can recall will go for one more night after it seemed like last night might go on forever.

Vaughan Wilson scored on Matt Dunne’s throwing error in the 11th inning to give the defending champion Barwick Blue Knights a dramatic 3-2 win over the Sight & Sound Wolves in Game 2 of the Rainy River District Fastball League’s best-of-three final at the Rodrick and Telford Bruyere Ball Field (Couchiching).

Coming off a Game 1 loss at home after winning their first 23 games this season, the Knights ensured the final will go the distance.

Game 3 set for Tuesday as Barwick looks to repeat while Sight & Sound shoots for its first RRDFL title since 2004.

But the start time and location still are up in the air.

Barwick will discuss whether to play the deciding game on its home turf of Oltsher Field or return to Couchiching, which sports a full set of lights.

The end of last night’s marathon game, which lasted two hours and 40 minutes, would have been postponed due to darkness otherwise.

Neither team could score since Wilson’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth tied the game at 2-2.

Wilson then led off the 11th by ripping a hot shot that hit the ground and drilled Wolves’ ace John Desaulniers in the foot before bouncing to Ben Friend at short, who couldn’t throw him out in time.

Dunne from third and Kurtis Wepruk from first then crept in tight anticipating Ryder Woolsey’s sacrifice bunt.

With Wilson running on the pitch, Woolsey laid it down and Dunne jumped on it right away.

But with Wepruk still in deep, Dunne’s throw to first found nobody waiting as second baseman Matt Cheetham didn’t get over to cover the bag.

Wilson never broke stride and came all the way around ahead of the throw home.

Blue Knights’ starter JJ Landry, who threw a four-hitter over 11 innings, closed the deal in the bottom of the seventh by striking out Nick Wepruk and then getting Cheetham to fly out to centre.

The Wolves got both their runs in the third on Desaulniers’ RBI single and an error by Wilson that allowed pinch runner Matt Sweigard to cross the plate.

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