Fastball playoffs roll on


One of the two finalists in the Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs was to be decided last night (weather permitting) as two of the top squads in the 10-team loop were set to go head-to-head.
Top-seeded Beef’s Warriors were slated to battle the third-ranked—and two-time defending champion—Sight & Sound Wolves yesterday evening, with the winner advancing straight to the double-knockout bracket’s finals, which would see the first game take place next Thursday (Aug. 25).
A second game, if necessary, would go on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Beef’s Warriors advanced this far after downing the fourth-seeded Rainy River Royals 6-4 last Tuesday night.
Sight & Sound, meanwhile, upset the second-ranked Big Grassy Braves 11-6.
Both the Braves and Royals had their playoff lives on the line in the bottom half of the double-elimination bracket last night, with Big Grassy taking on Barwick while Rainy River hosted to Big Island (weather permitting).
Both Barwick and Big Island stayed alive last Tuesday night. The Blue Knights thumped Manitou 10-2 score while Big Island advanced after the Big Grassy Lightning were forced to forfeit their game due to a lack of players.
The winners of last night’s games between the Braves/Barwick and Rainy River/Big Island will go up against one another tomorrow night (Aug. 17), with that winner then playing the loser of the Beef’s Warriors/Sight & Sound contest to determine the other finalist.
In between playoff contests, the Sight & Sound Wolves travelled to Rockford, Ill., where they competed in the ‘A-Major’ division at the North American Fastpitch Association World Series.
After losing their first game 3-1 to a team from Dekalb, Ill. on Thursday, the Wolves rattled off four-straight wins over the next three days, knocking off teams from Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska, and Illinois.
Unfortunately for the local crew, their run ended Sunday as they were eliminated 6-4 by Bar Athletic (Wisconsin) in a tightly-contested affair.