Errors lead to Lady Raiders’ demise


The Couchiching Lady Raiders would prefer a second chance at their second inning last night.
Six errors led to seven runs to set the table for a 17-8 victory by the Fort Frances Her-icanes (2-0) in their Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League matchup at the Rodrick and Telford Bruyere Ball Field.
Couchiching (1-1) made 11 errors in total in the game, which didn’t help losing pitcher Sydney Jones contain a potent Her-icanes’ offence that has put up a league-high 38 runs in its first two games.
Two came on the same play to open the scoring.
With runners on the corners and one out, Taylor Pagee grounded the ball right in front of home plate.
But she was safe when catcher Courtney Easton’s throw struck Pagee and rolled into right field.
Caylee Woolsey scored and Sarah Noonan followed right behind when Whitney Guimond’s high throw from short right-field was lost in the setting sun by Easton and sailed to the backstop.
Mandy Olson then had Gina Pope’s grounder roll under her glove, bringing in Pagee.
Dana Ward then delivered a single to cash in Kristina “Hollywood” Bombay before Charity McMahon followed with a two-run single to plate both Pope and Ward.
Stacy Patey capped the inning with a single to centre that Mallory Morrisseau let slip under her glove that allowed McMahon to score all the way from first.
A five-run fourth put the game out of reach.
Noonan, in just her second career start, got the win after pitching a five-hitter over four innings.
Her only mistake came with two out in the fourth when Stephanie Racine rocked her offering over the head of Andrea Sweigard in left for a three-run inside-the-park homer.
Laureen Hill tossed two innings of relief before the Lady Raiders made a minor rally in the seventh with five runs.
In other action last night, the Emo Renegades also improved to 2-0 with a 14-10 win over the host Red Gut Babes (0-2).
Mykenzie Borger gave up a homer to Kayla Windigo but otherwise pitched solid in going the distance for Emo.
Alyssa Windego was tagged with the loss.
The Big Grassy Lynx (1-0-1) romped to a 28-15 win over the Dawson Tigers (0-2).
Candace Handorgan got the win over Cassidy Teeple.
The Fort Frances Mud Dogs, meanwhile, won their season debut after having the bye Monday by downing the host Northwest Bay Beavers 12-7.
Mud Dogs’ right-hander Rachelle Yeo tossed the complete game against Darcy Smith of Northwest Bay.
Finally, the Manitou T-Birdies evened their record at 1-1 with an 18-10 triumph over the Fort Frances Angels (1-1).
Summer Leonard, who hit six dingers last year to tie for the league lead, drilled her first of the season to help the T-Birdies get their first win after going 0-16 during the regular season last year before losing both their playoff games.
Bev Cochrane got the win over Rochelle Jack.
Sabaskong Tebinaak (0-1) had the bye last night.
League play resumes Monday at 6:30 p.m. with the ‘Canes hosting Northwest Bay at Van Jura while the Angels welcome Sabaskong to the St. Francis Sports Field.
Other action will include the Mud Dogs at Big Grassy, Couchiching visiting Manitou, and Red Gut battling in Dawson.