Trios of teams keep playoff hopes alive

Staff

Sarah Glover wasn’t going to stop running until someone told her to.
It turned out nobody did.
Glover scored the game-winning run on the most unexpected of throwing errors to cap a six-run comeback and give the Fort Frances Mud Dogs a 13-12 win over the Sabaskong Tebinaak in a Losers’ Side elimination game in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League playoff action Monday at the St. Francis Sports Field.
The 11th-ranked Tebinaak, meanwhile, saw their season end in painful fashion.
They were unable to hold a 12-6 lead after four innings against the fourth-seeded Mud Dogs, whose rally included a two-run double by shortstop Shelby Tymkin just three days after getting her wisdom teeth pulled.
With the score tied 12-12 entering the bottom of the seventh, Glover led off with a single and then stole second.
Christine Jean then was hit by a pitch, with Glover already in the process of stealing third.
The subsequent toss from Sabaskong’s catcher back to pitcher Candi Kelly-Arch sailed high and into the outfield.
Glover sprinted for home and the throw arrived three feet up the line to allow her to cross the plate.
Rachelle Yeo gave up all of Sabaskong’s runs in the first four innings, including a six-run fourth, but pitched shutout ball over the final three frames to keep her team in the game.
In other Losers’ Side games in the double-elimination playoffs Monday, the Fort Frances Angels nabbed their first post-season win in team history with a 9-8 victory over the seventh-ranked Couchiching Lady Raiders.
The ninth-seeded Angels took an early lead against Lady Raiders’ starter Courtney Easton.
Couchiching, playing without ace Sydney Jones, then turned to league home-run champ Stephanie Racine to relieve Easton despite her battling shoulder problems.
The Lady Raiders battled back to move ahead in the fifth, only to give up the lead again in the sixth.
Angels’ starter Rylee Redford then slammed the door shut in the seventh, striking out all-star game teammate Darcy Jones to end the game.
Meanwhile, the eighth-ranked Emo Renegades sent 16 batters to the plate in a 13-run second inning to fuel a 26-12 home triumph over the 10th-seeded Manitou T-Birdies.
Winning pitcher Mykenzie Borger tossed the first three innings, then stepped aside in favour of reliever Grace Bragg.
Borger’s best work was at the plate, however, with a single and two triples, followed by a three-run homer and then a solo shot that ended the game with one out in the sixth when the teams decided it was getting too dark to play.
Right before Borger’s final homer, Sarah Teeple got all of a Bev Cochrane offering and jacked it well past Summer Leonard in centre for an inside-the-park grand slam.
Playoff action resumes tonight at 6:30 p.m. with four games on the schedule (weather permitting).
The top-ranked and defending champion Fort Frances Her-icanes will host the fifth-seeded Northwest Bay Beavers at VanJura in one Winners’ Side semifinal matchup.
The other will see the sixth-seeded Dawson Tigers visiting the second-ranked Red Gut Babes.
Dawson had upset the third-ranked Big Grassy Lynx last Wednesday.
The two Losers’ Side games tonight will feature the Lynx hosting the Angels while the Renegades face the Mud Dogs at St. Francis.

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