Wolves, Warriors earn playoff wins
It’s onwards and upwards for two local teams in the Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs.
Cole Tymkin drilled a grand slam, and Cole Kaemingh added a homer, as the third-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves dumped the sixth-ranked Couchiching Raiders 16-3 in second-round action Tuesday at VanJura.
The Raiders had beaten the visiting Sabaskong Cubs on Monday in the opening round of the playoffs.
Jourdain went deep for Couchiching, which now drops down to the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination playoffs—meaning one more loss will signal the end of their season.
In other second-round games Tuesday, fifth-ranked Beef’s Warriors followed their opening-round win against the No. 12 Manitou Thunderbirds on July 22 by edging the fourth-ranked Dawson Tigers 3-2 there.
Rob McGinnis earned the win while Tarran Romyn
homered for the Warriors.
Jaden Gustafson homered for the Tigers but lost a close pitching duel to McGinnis.
Meanwhile, the second-ranked Barwick Blue Knights notched a 5-2 victory over the 10th-seeded Stratton Bobcats at Oltsher Field.
Will Derkson homered for Barwick, with J.J. Landry going the distance on the mound.
Guy Arpin homered for Stratton but couldn’t get the job done pitching-wise to take the loss.
Finally, the top-ranked and two-time defending champion Big Grassy Braves, who hold home field advantage throughout the playoffs, made good in their opener with a 19-8 blowout of the ninth-seeded Sabaskong Lakers.
Travis Tom not only pitched a solid game for the win, but lit up Lakers’ pitchers for three homers.
Merlin Kelly suffered the loss.
Third-round games tonight will feature the Wolves in Barwick while the Warriors will try to hand the Braves their first loss of the season.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are slated to host Manitou in a losers’ bracket game.
All games get underway at 7 p.m.