The ballpark just wasn’t big enough for the two of them, so one of them had to go.
Faron Morrisseau drilled a home run to provide the biggest blast for the Couchiching Raiders, who won the all-Couchiching showdown with Windey’s Warriors in a 5-1 triumph in the Rainy River District Fastball League East Divison Loser’s Bracket elimination game last night on the diamond both teams call home, the Rodrick and Telford Bruyere Ball Field.
Morrisseau’s fence rocket bolstered a fine pitching effort by Sheldon Kelly, Sr., who won the mound matchup for the No. 2-ranked Raiders over the No. 4-seeded Warriors and starter Rob McGinnis.
Couchiching will now try to end the reign of the defending champion and No. 3-rated Sight & Sound Wolves when the two meet in Couchiching next week (date undetermined at press time).
Whomever comes out of that battle will have to face the No. 1-rated Fort Frances Braves in the East final.
Out in the West Division, the No. 3-seeded Stratton Eagles didn’t go deep, but played station-to-station baseball in effective style to grab a 19-9 win over the sixth-ranked Sabaskong Cubs in A Losers Side elimination contest in Stratton.
Guy Arpin carried the load on the hill for the Eagles, who brought out the heavy bats against Cubs starter Kevin Copenace to send Sabaskong home for the season.
Stratton’s next test will be its toughest to date in the postseason, as it tries to end the phenomenal season of the No. 1-ranked Dawson Tigers (date still undetermined).
Dawson was nudged into the Losers Side after losing 9-4 to the No. 2-rated Barwick Blue Knights, who will take on the winner in the West final.