Herricanes suffer first loss of season
Northwest Bay snapped a 7-7 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh, then survived a none-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to eke out a 9-8 win over the Fort Frances Herricanes in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action last night.
The Herricanes were the home team even though the game was held in Barwick because VanJura Stadium here is waterlogged due to the flooding.
But they remain atop the league standings a half-game up on the Redgut Babes (5-1) and Northwest Bay (5-1), who both hold a game in hand.
Shae-Lynn Smith looped an RBI single just over Herricanes’ first baseman Caylee Woolsey to bring in Trish Smith to put Northwest Bay ahead to stay in the seventh.
The speedy catcher then came all the way around from first to score the eventual game-winning run when Herricanes’ left-fielder Stacy Patey committed her second error of the inning after Connie Smith’s single bounced off her and rolled away.
The Herricanes pushed back in their last-at bat as Candy Teeple’s RBI single scored Laureen Hill to cut the lead to one.
Then after Darcy Smith walked Charity McMahon and hit Patey with a pitch, the bags were full for Andrea Sweigard.
But Sweigard’s line drive was snared by second baseman Kristy Smith, who then flipped the ball to second to catch McMahon, who was doubled off twice in the game.
Neva Carlson, who was thrown out twice trying to steal third, then grounded out to second to end the game.
Darcy Smith finished with the complete-game victory, allowing eight runs on 11 hits while walking four and striking out four.
Teeple and Hill each had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Herricanes offensively.
Hill took the loss, surrendering nine runs on 16 hits while walking a pair and striking out five.
In other games last night, Redgut rebounded from its loss to the Herricanes last week with a 20-5 romp over the Couchiching Lady Raiders (2-4).
The Fort Frances Juniors (0-7), meanwhile, remained winless after falling 20-11 to the Big Island Wildcats.
Elsewhere, the Big Grassy Lynx edged host Sabaskong Tebinaak 8-6 while the Manitou Blaze dumped the visiting Sabaskong Cougars 20-7.