Raiders’ season ended by Cubs


A day’s delay was worth the wait for the Sabaskong Cubs.
Following a 2-14 regular season, the sixth-ranked Cubs advanced to the East Division semi-finals of the Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs after a stunning 13-9 road victory over the fourth-seeded Couchiching Raiders last night.
The Raiders, meanwhile, were bounced from further contention with the loss.
The game originally was scheduled for Tuesday night, but was postponed 24 hours for unknown reasons.
The Sabaskong hitters used the extra time to charge up their bats as they belted four home runs in the win.
Kevin Copenace homered twice while Darren Smith and Eagle Copenace each went yard once to support the efforts of winning pitching Don Smith.
Ian Lockman pounded two homers in a losing cause while Chad Smith added one.
Mike Jourdain was tagged with the loss.
The Cubs will look to continue their Cinderella story today at 6:30 p.m. at VanJura, where they’ll try to oust the second-seeded Sight & Sound Wolves.
The Wolves fell 11-5 to the top-seeded Rainy Lake Pirates on Tuesday at the St. Francis Sportsfield in the East winners’ side final.
Now one more loss will end their season.
Rainy Lake only needs to beat the winner of tonight’s match-up once in the East final at St. Francis this Tuesday (Aug. 11) to earn a spot in the best-of-three RRDFL final starting Aug. 18.
Their opponent, on the other hand, will have to beat the Pirates twice to advance.
In the West Division, the fourth-ranked Manitou Thunderbirds cruised to 15-3 win over fifth-seeded Dawson to cage the Tigers’ title dreams for this season.
Jeff Morrison pitched a complete-game victory and helped his own cause with a home run for the second-straight game.
Matt Anderson took the loss.
The West winners’ side final, meanwhile, saw the top-ranked Barwick Blue Knights hold on for a 2-1 home win over the three-seeded Stratton Eagles.
Brandan Pratt was just slightly better than Guy Arpin in a pitch-for-pitch duel.
Barwick now awaits the winner of tonight’s clash between the Thunderbirds and host Eagles, who they’ll face in the opening game of the West final this Tuesday (Aug. 11).
The Blue Knights will advance to the league final with a win while their opponent will have beat them twice to move on.