Sight & Sound repeat as district fastball champs

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If you ever got a chance to see Sight & Sound play this season, this is what you heard.
The team supports each other’s play like no other in the Rainy River District Fastball League, and the squad of wily veterans went into the championship final against Barwick last night with confidence.
And when the dust settled, they left with another RRDFL title under their belts.
“I’m very pleased with the overall turnout and especially with this game,” Don Copenace said after Sight & Sound hammered out a 12-4 victory. “Everybody hit the ball and everyone played sound baseball.”
Sight & Sound, the top-ranked team after the regular season, had beaten Barwick last week at VanJura Stadium in Fort Frances—and knew they had to come out aggressive against the third-seeded team.
Which they did, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
Although Barwick battled back with a pair of runs in their first crack against Sight & Sound pitcher Harvey Flamand, the visitors added four more runs in the second.
They went on to score at least one run in every other inning except the third to seal the win.
There were just two home runs in the game. Will Derksen of Barwick hit a two-run shot in the first while Ed Vold responded with a two-run blast of his own in the top of the seventh.
“We knew that Barwick would be coming out hard,” Copenace said. “They just about came back on us last game and we knew that they wouldn’t go down easy.
“So we just kept playing as hard as we could and took the wind out of their sails, and it worked to our advantage,” he added.
After surrendering Derksen’s first-inning homer, Flamand settled down and pitched a stellar game for Sight & Sound after that, finishing with 10 strikeouts.
The game was closer than the score reflected as Barwick played well, but just couldn’t match Sight & Sound.
“It was a great game and everybody played great. We just couldn’t quite come through tonight,” remarked veteran Barwick pitcher George Oltsher, who had three strikeouts but shouldered the loss.
“But it was good and I think the game was better than the score showed.
“It was a good bunch of guys to play against and a good bunch of guys to play with,” Oltsher added.
Sight & Sound, who had a bull’s-eye on their backs all season long as the defending champs, stumbled in their opening playoff game against Stratton to sit on the brink of elimination in the double-knockout playoff format right from the get-go.
But they regained their form of old in the next four games, outscoring their opposition 34-18 over that span, and left no question as to why they are repeating.
“I think that’s what made the season fun—knowing you were going to show up and you were going to have a challenge every time you played,” said Duane Carlson of Sight & Sound.
“And I’m extremely happy with this,” he added. “We really played like a team and Barwick played great, and they’re my favourite team to play against because they are a bunch of fun guys.
“I couldn’t be happier.”
Talk already is underway about a possible three-peat. But Copenace said for that to happen, they have to keep their nucleus intact and start developing a few young players to keep the team consistent for the future.
“I think we pretty much have to keep the team together and bring in some younger players, because that’s what is going to keep this game alive and well,” he remarked.
“But right now it feels great, and I can’t say I could feel any better than this.”
While Carlson agreed that repeating as league champs feels great, “It would feel better if we can get it three times,” he admitted.

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