There was no shortage of offence on Monday night at VanJura.
The Fort Frances Her-icanes scored early and often as they rallied from an early deficit to nab a 20-11 win over the Red Gut Babes in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action.
After the Babes took a 1-0 lead off Her-icanes’ starter Marissa Kerry in the opening frame, her squad responded with four runs in the bottom half.
Dana Ward drew a leadoff walk and Marissa Kerry was hit by a pitch before Jess Woodgate came through with a single to knot it at 1-1 off of Babes’ starter Alyssa Windego.
After an infield single by Stacy Patey, Kerry then came around to score on a wild pitch as the Her-icanes (7-1) took a lead they would not relinquish.
Woodgate then came into score on a poor throw before an RBI single by Laureen Hill gave the hosts a 4-1 lead heading to the second inning.
After a scoreless second, the Babes (0-5-2) responded with a two-run double in the third to trim it to 4-3.
But showing some of the pedigree that has made them the three-time defending league champs, the ‘Canes erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third as they sent 10 batters to the plate to forge ahead 11-3.
The Babes struck back in the fifth with a five-run frame to trim it to 11-8, but Fort Frances flexed their offensive muscles yet again in the bottom half.
A five-run frame of their own put them up 16-8.
The Her-icanes then tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to cap their offence for the night.
Red Gut threatened to close the gap in the seventh, but Kerry was able to limit the Babes to just three runs to cap the scoring.
Kerry garnered the win while Windego was saddled with the loss for the winless Babes.
In other games last night, the surging Renegades grabbed their fourth-straight win in a 36-1 blowout of the Dawson Tigers.
Mykenzie Borger earned the win for the Renegades (8-1) while Cass Teeple suffered the loss for Dawson (2-7).
The Northwest Bay Beavers rolled to their third win in a row with a 13-5 decision over the Big Grassy Lynx.
Darcy Smith nabbed the win for Northwest Bay (5-3) over Nancy Indian of the Lynx (4-4).
The Couchiching Raiders (8-0) were awarded a forfeit win over the Fort Frances Angels (3-5-1) while the Sabaskong Tebinaak (1-5) forfeited to the Fort Frances Mud Dogs (3-3-1).
The Manitou T-Birdies (0-7) had the bye.
Tonight’s games (weather permitting) will officially mark the end of the first half of the season.
In an all-Fort battle, the Angels will welcome the Her-icanes, the Renegades will travel to Couchiching to take on the Raiders, Big Grassy will welcome the Babes, the Mud Dogs will battle the Beavers, and the T-Birdies will look for their first win of the season at home against the Tebinaak.
The Tigers have the bye.
June 24 and 26 will serve as make-up game nights, with second-round league play set to go on July 3.