Wolves, Eagles tied for first


Never mind beating the Sight & Sound Wolves.
Right now, just scoring any runs at all against them is proving to be problematic for their Rainy River District Fastball League rivals.
The defending champs have been even better defensively than they have offensively in crafting a 3-0 record to sit in a first-place tie with the Stratton Eagles.
Sight & Sound, who downed the Manitou Thunderbirds 14-2 last Thursday at VanJura, so far have given up a league-low nine runs in their three games.
The Wolves got homers from Aaron Caul, Dan Calvert, and Matt Cheetham off Thunderbirds’ starter Mike Jourdain, with Murray Armstrong earning his second-straight pitching win.
Jourdain drilled a homer in a losing cause for Manitou (1-2), which lost its second-straight game.
The Eagles keep churning right along despite not having all-star shortstop Shelby Nosan in the lineup for another week as she finished her teaching commitments in Minnesota.
Pitcher Guy Arpin was on his game as the Eagles downed Windey’s Warriors 7-1 last Thursday.
Sean Councillor pitched well for the second-straight game in the absence of ace Rob McGinnis, but again took the loss again for the 11th-place Warriors (1-3).
The early surprise team in the RRDFL has been the Sabaskong Lakers, who are tied for third with the Fort Frances Braves at 2-0 after topping the Dawson Tigers 10-9 last Thursday.
Kyle Copenace homered for the Lakers while Merlin Kelly picked up the pitching win over Carl Big George Jr., who filled in for No. 1 starter Jeff Morrison.
Dawson is tied with the Barwick Blue Knights and Northwest Bay Chieftains for fifth place at 2-1.
The Blue Knights routed the Rainy River Royals 24-4 last Thursday, with DJ Mosbeck belting a homer.
Brandan Pratt went the distance for the win over Chris Stone.
Northwest Bay, meanwhile, did something it didn’t do all last season–string together back-to-back wins after edging the winless Northwest Bay Juniors 20-19 on Thursday.
Tanner Smith, last year’s ace for the Juniors, came back to haunt his old team in getting his first win with the Chieftains.
The Royals and Juniors sit in the basement at 0-3 along with the Sabaskong Cubs, who became the first victim of the expansion Sabaskong Goldeneyes in a 13-12 loss Thursday.
Darryl Beacham did his part in pitching the Goldeneyes (1-2) past the Cubs as the newest Sabaskong squad moved into a ninth-place tie with Manitou.
Cubs’ starter Burton Woods took the loss.
The Braves and the eighth-place Couchiching Raiders (1-1) originally were slated to play Thursday, but rescheduled the game for June 29.
Action resumes tomorrow at 7 p.m. with eight games, including the Wolves and Braves squaring off at VanJura.
Couchiching and Windey’s will square off for bragging rights at the Rodrick and Telford Bruyere Ball Field.
Other games will see Rainy River at the Lakers, Barwick also in Sabaskong to face the Goldeneyes, Stratton hosting Dawson, and Manitou visiting the Chieftains.
The Cubs and Juniors have the night off.