’Canes draw Beavers in semi; Eagles advance


The Northwest Bay Beavers can’t wait for another shot at sinking their teeth into the Fort Frances Her-icanes.
Darcy Smith went the distance for the complete-game victory, as the No. 3-ranked Beavers downed No. 7-rated Manitou Blaze 13-5 in their Losers Side semi-final in the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League playoffs last night in Northwest Bay.
Karma Andy took the loss for the Blaze, who made it to the championship final last year before falling to the Red Gut Babes.
Northwest Bay will now get another crack at the No. 2-rated Her-icanes in tomorrow night’s Losers Side final at VanJura Park at 6:30 p.m. to determine who will play the two-time defending champion Babes in the league final, which begins next Monday (Aug. 17) in Red Gut Bay.
The Beavers and ‘Canes went back and forth just eight days ago in a third-round thriller that ended with Fort Frances prevailing 18-17 on Kristina “Hollywood” Bombay’s walk-off RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh.
As for the Rainy River District Fastball League, the West Division’s No. 1-ranked Barwick Blue Knights now know their opponent for tonight’s divisional final at Oltsher Field in Barwick.
A four-bagger for Myron Armstrong lifted the No. 3-rated Stratton Eagles to a 12-7 elimination win over the No. 4-seeded Manitou Thunderbirds last night in Stratton.
Murray Armstrong got the win on the mound for the Eagles, despite allowing homers to Austin Jack, Chris Jack and Lionel Horton.
Jeff Morrison took the loss, which knocked the Thunderbirds out of the double-elimination playoffs.
If Stratton can top Barwick, which is unbeaten thus far in the postseason, the two teams will hook up again on Thursday for the right to play in the league final.
Tonight’s East Division final will see the top-seeded Rainy Lake Pirates clash with the No. 2-ranked Sight & Sound Wolves at St. Francis Sports Field at 6:30 p.m.
A win by the Pirates puts them into the league final that begins on Aug. 18, while a Wolves victory ensures a rematch between the two teams on Thursday.
That’s because Rainy Lake is undefeated in the playoffs so far, meaning the one-loss Wolves need to beat them two games in a row.