District fastball squads ousted


They swung for the fences but ran into some walls.
The Northern O Selects and the Northern Extremes, both representing Rainy River District, came away from the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series in Fargo, N.D. over the weekend with lots of good memories but no titles in three separate divisions.
In the ‘A’-Major category, the Selects followed up their opening win Thursday by edging Stoneyard (Wisconsin) 3-2 in their first game Friday.
But Northern O then smacked into Bowen FP (Illinois), who ousted them from the winner’s bracket with a 10-2 triumph.
Relegated to the loser’s bracket, the Selects then were blanked 7-0 by the Fleetwood Marlins (B.C.) to end their tournament run.
Northern O, featuring a modified lineup, also participated in the 23-Under Aug. 11-13 division but went winless in three games.
The Selects lost 10-0 to the Northwest Braves (Oregon) and 15-8 to the Young Thunder Selects (Missouri) before losing its semi-final 2-0 to Bowen FP (Illinois).
In the Men’s Rec division, meanwhile, the Extremes wound up second in Pool ‘B’ play with a 2-1 record.
The locals blanked Cardinal Tap (Minnesota) by a 7-0 count, then dumped Cerro Gordo (Minnesota) 12-7.
But a 7-2 loss to the North
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Dakota-based Knights to wrap up pool play was followed by an 8-5 loss in the quarter-finals to John’s Plumbing (New Brunswick).
The Sight & Sound Wolves will journey to Fargo this weekend to take part in the ‘A’ Division as the NAFA World Series continues.
As for local fastball action, the defending champion Fort Frances Her-icanes will host the sixth-ranked Dawson Tigers in the Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League’s winner’s side final tonight at 6:30 p.m. at VanJura.
The survivor moves directly into the championship final that begins Aug. 23 while the other will drop into the loser’s side bracket final.
Tonight’s other game will be a win-or-go-home showdown as the eighth-seeded Emo Renegades visit the second-ranked Red Gut Babes.
The Renegades are looking to end the Babes’ four-year streak of making the championship final.
The last team standing in that one then will take on the fifth-seeded Northwest Bay Beavers on Wednesday.
The game will be held in Northwest Bay if Emo wins tonight or at Red Gut if the Babes prevail.