The pitching matchup dictated runs were going to be hard to come by, but nobody would have guessed this hard.
International Falls import Marissa Kerry outduelled Shelby Nosan, her future coach on the Falls Broncos’ girls’ softball team, as the Fort Frances Her-icanes repeated as Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League champs with a 1-0 victory over the Dawson Tigers in the final last night at VanJura.
Andrea Sweigard’s RBI single in the fourth inning that scored Stacy Patey from third wound up being the only run of the game.
The victory allowed the Winners’ Side champion Her-icanes to avoid having to travel to Pinewood on Monday for a second game had the sixth-ranked Tigers, who emerged from the Losers’ Side of the double-elimination playoffs, prevailed last night.
Kerry, the 17-year-old rookie picked up mid-season by the ‘Canes, tossed a five-hitter to earn the complete-game shutout, striking out six while walking three.
Nosan, who will take over as the Broncos’ coach this spring, was no slouch in her four-hit performance, along with eight strikeouts and just one walk.
She also reached base in all three at-bats, including two hits and an “unintentional” intentional walk from Kerry with two outs in the sixth and Alicia Anderson already on board.
That put the go-ahead run on base. But the move paid off as Caylee Woolsey made a terrific backhand stab near first base of Tanis Tom’s sharp grounder and got to the bag in time for the out.
Fort Frances is the second team to repeat as champs since the RRDWFL was resurrected in 2013.
The Red Gut Babes also won back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014.