Mud Dogs, ‘Canes still tied at top

Staff

It’s rare enough to lose by the same score two games in a row one time per season.
The Emo Renegades now have done it twice–and they’re tired of being anomalous.
By scoring 13 runs over the final two innings, the Fort Frances Mud Dogs broke a close game wide open en route to a 20-11 win over the host Renegades 20-11 in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action Monday night.
Emo (2-5), mired in a five-game losing streak, also fell 20-11 a week ago to the Big Grassy Lynx after losing 14-13 in consecutive outings to the Fort Frances Angels and Sabaskong Tebinaak earlier last month.
The Mud Dogs (6-1) jumped on Renegades’ starter Mykenzie Borger for six runs in the first inning.
Borger found her rhythm for the next three innings, though, holding Fort Frances to just one run.
Meanwhile, her teammates exploded for nine runs in the third against Mud Dogs’ starter Rachelle Yeo and reliever Jodie Hood, who took over after Yeo gave herself the hook.
Hood promptly walked home two runs, but got out of the jam with no further damage.
The Mud Dogs responded with one in the fourth, then touched Borger up for six in the fifth to go back in front before heaping on seven more runs in the sixth.
The game never made it to the seventh due to it already being beyond the two-hour time limit to start a fresh inning.
The Fort Frances Her-icanes (6-1) stayed in lockstep with the Mud Dogs for first place–shrugging off their first loss of the season last week to pound Sabaskong Tebinaak 24-4 at VanJura.
Sarah Noonan earned the win on the hill while Jarrah Tom took the loss for Sabaskong (2-4), which now has lost two-straight games.
The Big Grassy (5-1-1), now on a three-game tear, sits in third place after edging the Fort Frances Angels 14-12 at the St. Francis Sports Field.
Candace Handorgan outpitched Rylee Redford of the Angels (2-4), who got a home run from Avery Sivonen but now have dropped three-straight.
The Couchiching Lady Raiders (3-4-1) lost for the fourth time in five games after falling 14-11 to the Dawson Tigers (2-5).
Shelby Nosan’s women’s league debut was a successful one as the multiple all-star shortstop for the Stratton Eagles in the Rainy River District Fastball League earned the win in relief of starter Cass Teeple.
Stephanie Racine homered for the Lady Raiders while Sydney Jones suffered the loss.
The most lopsided game of the night–and the entire season so far–occurred in Manitou, where the T-Birdies were routed 47-4 by the Northwest Bay Beavers.
Shae Smith belted her second homer of the season for the surging Beavers (3-3-2), who are on a three-game roll.
Summer Leonard homered in a losing cause for the T-Birdies (2-5).
The Red Gut Babes (4-3) had the bye Monday.
Five games are on the slate tonight, including the Mud Dogs hosting the Tigers at St. Francis while the ‘Canes head to Emo to face the Renegades.
The Angels head to Red Gut, Big Grassy visits Manitou, and Sabaskong hosts Northwest Bay.
Action gets underway at 7 p.m.