Emo Bulldogs win fastball tourney

The Emo Bulldogs used the long ball behind the two-hit pitching of Gus Copenace to dump the Thunder Bay Mariners 7-1 in the ‘A’-final Sunday at a fastball tournament in Kakabeka Falls.
Dennis Mounk, Sean Taggart, and Sheldon Kelly all homered for the Bulldogs, who finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.
Thunder Bay took a brief 1-0 lead in the first before Emo tied things up at 1-1. Then the Bulldogs took the lead for good with a three-run fourth inning.
Emo salted the game away with three solo blasts in the fifth.
Emo rode the strong pitching of Kelly, a rookie, and veteran Copenace all weekend, who gave up just eight runs during the tournament. The Bulldogs also were strong offensively, combining to hit eight homers while scoring 24 runs.
The Bulldogs, who finished pool play with a 2-0 record and were the second seed heading into the playoff round, reached the final with a 2-0 shutout over the Murillo Mudhens behind the two-hit pitching of Kelly.
Brent Tookenay and Grant Swire each hit a solo homer in that win.
Thunder Bay reached the final with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Duluth.
Emo opened the tournament by doubling the Mariners 4-2. Tookenay hit a two-run shot in that one while Kelly picked up his first of three victories on the mound.
The Bulldogs later doubled the host Kakabeka Brewers 6-3 on the strength of another two-run shot by Tookenay.
Emo then edged Sioux Lookout 5-4, paced by a two-run homer off the bat of Swire. Kelly recorded the win but Copenace came through in relief when he got out of a sixth-inning jam to preserve the victory.
Sight & Sound, the other team from the Rainy River District Fastball League competing at Kakabeka Falls, lost both of their games and failed to advance to the playoff round.
They opened with a 12-5 loss to the Firesteel Devils (Kakabeka Falls) and then were dumped 12-5 by Murillo.