Wolves beat Stratton to advance in playoffs

The Sight & Sound Wolves earned a hard fought 7-2 victory over Stratton last night at VanJura Park to advance to the next round of the Rainy River District Fastball League playoffs.
The Wolves got a dominant complete game performance from starter Harvey Flamand and some timely hitting to cement the victory.
Afterwards, third baseman Marcell Pagee praised his teammates for another solid performance.
“I thought the boys played well tonight,” Pagee sad. “We came out strong and hung on.”
Pagee was particularly impressed with the pitching performance put on by Flamand, who has pitched two solid starts since returning from the injured list last week.
“I thought Harvey pitched another stellar game,” he said.
Flamand picked up where he left off last week against Sabaskong, retiring the Stratton hitters in order to start the game.
Grant Swire then got the Wolves off on the right foot offensively, hitting a sharp single down the left field line to lead off the home half of the first inning.
Marcel Pagee advanced Swire to second on a well executed bunt setting the stage for Bob Andy.
The Wolves biggest power threat, Andy crushed a three-run homer to deep right centrefield to give the home side an early 3–0 lead.
Clayton Windigo kept the rally going hitting a single before stealing second and moving to third on an Ed Vold ground out.
Windigo would later score on an errant pick off attempt to make the score 4–0.
Cole Kaemingh capped off the Sight & Sound rally, smashing a solo home run to right field.
At the end of one, the home side held a comfortable 5–0 lead over the visitors.
Stratton attempted to respond to the Sight & Sound offensive explosion in the top of the second inning.
Flamand walked a batter after getting the lead off hitter to pop out weakly to second base.
The Wolves almost escaped the inning unscathed, but Windigo misplayed a fly ball to right field resulting in a double, scoring the runner from first and cutting the Wolves’ lead to 5-1.
Stratton made a pitching change in the bottom of the second replacing starter Curtis Berg with Chris Pollard after Andrew Watson doubled to right centrefield to lead off the inning.
The move proved effective as Pollard got out of the inning without surrendering a run.
Both teams exchanged runs in the middle innings before Sight & Sound rallied again in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Windigo singled to start the inning and was brought home on a Derek McKinnon hit to left field.
The run pushed the Wolves lead to 7–2 and prompted Stratton to bring Guy Arpin in to replace Pollard on the mound.
Once again, the move was effective as Arpin got out of the inning without surrendering another run.
Stratton attempted to rally late in the game but Flamand shut the door preserving the win.
Sight & Sound’s next game is this coming Thursday at VanJura Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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