Mann paces Braves to rout


No matter the opponent, the Fort Frances Braves only know one thing: winning.
Brett Mann crushed a three-run homer in the third inning to pace the top-ranked Braves to a 13-2 drubbing of fourth-seeded Windey’s Warriors last Thursday evening at VanJura in the second round of the six-team, double-elimination Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs.
After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead on Warriors’ starter Rob Williams in the first inning, the Braves batted around in the second and added five more runs to their total.
Mann then unloaded on a pitch and sent a towering three-run shot to centre in the third to stake the Braves to a commanding 10-0 lead.
The Warriors did push across a few runs in the later innings but a homer by Jacob Jack rounded out the scoring for the Braves.
Jaden Gustafson was solid on the rubber to nab his first win of the playoffs while Williams was tagged with the loss.
Elsewhere, the second-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves topped the third-seeded Couchiching Raiders 6-4.
Murray Armstrong earned the win while Tanner Smith suffered the loss.
In West Division action, meanwhile, Mitch Seguin homered to pace the top-ranked Dawson Tigers to an 8-3 win over the fourth-seeded Stratton Eagles.
Jeff Morrison was the victor while Guy Arpin took the loss.
And the second-seeded Barwick Blue Knights cruised to a 7-1 victory over the third-seeded Sabaskong Lakers.
JJ Landry was solid on the rubber in earning the win while James Yerxa was tagged with the loss.
The playoffs had opened last Tuesday with the lower seeds squaring off.
In the East, Stu Allen cranked a homer as the Warriors edged the fifth-seeded Northwest Bay Chieftains 10-9.
Rob McGinnis nabbed the win while Braden Smith was charged with the loss.
The sixth-seeded Manitou Thunderbirds were disqualified–handing the Raiders an automatic win.
In the West, the Eagles downed the fifth-seeded Rainy River Royals 8-3.
Guy Arpin picked up the win while Myron Armstrong suffered the loss.
In an all-Sabaskong battle, Kyle Copenace went yard to pace the Lakers to a 9-0 victory over the sixth-seeded Goldeneyes.
James Yerxa was stellar in earning the shutout while Cole Beacham was tagged with the loss.
Last night’s games (weather permitting) saw the Chieftains tangle with Raiders in a loser’s side of the bracket matchup, with the winner of that to play the Warriors next this Thursday.
In the West, the Goldeneyes battled the Eagles while the Royals took on the Lakers on the loser’s side of the bracket.
All scores were unavailable as of press time.
Tomorrow’s playoff action will feature a battle of juggernauts in the East with the Braves looking to keep their perfect season going against the Wolves.
In the West, meanwhile, the Tigers will host the Blue Knights.
All games start at 7 p.m.