Talk about kicking the post-season off in style.
The seventh-seeded Fort Frances Angels used a three-run first inning to roll to a 7-1 win over the 10th-ranked Red Gut Babes in the first round of the double-elimination Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League playoffs last night at VanJura.
Rylee Redford opened the scoring in the first after she trotted home on a throwing error after drawing a leadoff walk.
Hanna Ledrew then came in to score on a soft grounder by Raelle Redford followed by Shanleigh Fryer smacking an RBI single to put the Angels up 3-0.
The Babes did get a run back in the in the third by scoring on a throwing error, but the Angels responded with a decisive fourth inning.
Rylee Redford smoked a deep triple to centre field and came around to score shortly afterwards on a wild pitch by Babes’ starter Tracy Morningstar.
Raelle Redford then smacked an RBI single later in the frame to plate Hailey Beaudry to stake the Angels to a 5-1 lead.
Rylee Redford gave up a leadoff walk to the Babes in the fifth, but retired the side in order after that to get her side back on offence quickly.
The Angels added a pair of runs in the bottom half to round out the scoring.
Rylee Redford struck out seven in a complete game effort, surrendering just the lone run on two hits and a walk.
Tracy Morningstar surrendered all seven of the Angels’ runs over six innings to take the loss.
In other playoff games last night, Sarah Glover and Shelby Tymkin both homered to pace the sixth-seeded Fort Frances Mud Dogs to a rout of the last-place Manitou T-Birdies at the St. Francis Sports Field.
Rachelle Yeo garnered the pitching win over Bev Cochrane.
The eighth-seeded Dawson Tigers romped over the ninth-ranked Sabaskong Tebinaak in Pinewood.
Alicia Anderson nabbed the win for the Tigers over Candi Kelly-Arch of the Tebinaak.
Monday’s Winner’s Side second-round games will see the five top-ranked teams get into their first playoff action after having a bye last night.
The top-ranked Renegades will host the Tigers in Barwick, the second-seeded Couchiching Raiders will tangle with the Angels, the third-seeded Fort Frances Her-icanes will battle the Mud Dogs at VanJura, and the fourth-ranked Northwest Bay Beavers will square off against the fifth-ranked Big Grassy Lynx.
All games will start at 7 p.m. (weather permitting).
In Rainy River District Fastball League action on Tuesday night, meanwhile, the host Sabaskong Lakers edged the Rainy River Royals 5-4 in a make-up game for the one that was postponed back on July 9.
James Yerxa garnered the win for the Lakers (8-7) over Joe Jolicouer of the Royals (8-7).
The Barwick Blue Knights dumped the Dawson Tigers 7-3 in a make-up game for the one that was postponed back on July 9.
JJ Landry earned the win for the Blue Knights (11-4) over Carl Big George of the Tigers (8-7).
The Stratton Eagles downed the host Couchiching Raiders 12-7 in a make-up game for the one that was postponed back on June 25.
Guy Arpin nabbed the win for the Eagles (8-7) over Mike Jourdain of the Raiders (9-7).
And the Northwest Bay Chieftains (2-13) were awarded a 7-0 forfeit win over the Manitou Thunderbirds (2-11) for the game that was postponed back on July 2.
Yesterday, the league-leading Fort Frances Braves split a pair of make-up games.
The first game saw them cruise to a 11-4 win over the Sabaskong Goldeneyes.
Cole Tymkin smacked an inside-the-park homer and pitched well for the Braves.
Darryl Beacham hit a grand slam and suffered the loss for the Goldeneyes (2-14).
Then in their second game, the Braves suffered their first loss of the season in a narrow 2-1 setback to the Lakers.
Kyle Copenace homered while James Yerxa garnered the win for the Lakers.
Jaden Gustafson suffered the loss for the Braves (13-1).
Tonight will serve as the final make-up game night, with the first round of the RRDFL playoffs to follow once all the regular season games have been completed and final standings are confirmed.