Wolves finish in top spot

The Sight & Sound Wolves finished regular-season play in the Rainy River District Fastball League the same way they began it—atop the standings.
The Wolves (14-2) clinched first place and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs last night at VanJura courtesy a 17-10 trouncing of third-place Barwick (9-7).
The stakes were high for the Wolves heading into last night’s game.
Sight & Sound held a two-game lead in the standings over Rainy River (13-4) and needed a win either last night or in Monday’s make-up game against Sabaskong to capture the regular-season title.
The Wolves certainly looked like a team on a mission as they came to the plate in the bottom half of the first after Sight & Sound pitcher Bob Andy (8-2) retired Barwick in order to start the game.
A Derek McKinnon double scored Grant Swire and Marcel Pagee, who had both singled to start the inning, giving the Wolves the early 2-0 lead.
McKinnon then came around on an Andrew “Beeker” Watson single to make it 3-0 before Barwick could record the third out and escape the inning.
Andy repeated his first-inning performance in the second, sending Barwick down in order and bringing his team back to the plate.
And once again the Wolves struck quickly as Cole Kaemingh singled and Paul Visser walked to start the inning, setting the table for Swire.
The Wolves’ catcher swung awkwardly at a pitch but managed to muscle the ball over the centerfield fence for a three-run homer.
Andy helped his own cause a batter later—hitting his league-leading ninth dinger of the season to extend the Wolves’ lead to 7-0 after just two innings.
The top of the third saw the Barwick lead-off man get aboard courtesy of a walk. He later advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Andy almost escaped the inning unscathed by getting the next two batters to groundout and strikeout, respectively. But a single scored Barwick’s first run to make it 7-1.
Unfortunately for Barwick, the hitter was thrown out at second when he tried to stretch the single to a double, thus ending the inning.
Clayton “Beef” Windego singled to open the bottom of the third, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then took third on a Kaemingh groundout.
Windego then scored an Travis Derkson’s second wild pitch of the inning to restore the seven-run lead.
Despite the Wolves’ huge lead, Barwick continued to battle. Kevin Gemmell hit his fourth homer of the season—a two-run shot—in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 8-3.
However, the Wolves responded in the bottom half. Swire stroked his third hit of the day to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and later scored on an Andy single.
McKinnon followed Andy’s hit with a single of his own and the pair were driven home courtesy of a Watson single to make the score 11-3 and put the game out of reach for good.
Sight & Sound added six more runs over the next two innings to go up 17-4 heading into the top of the seventh.
Barwick would rally late against Watson, who had been brought in to replace Andy, by scoring six runs of their own, but it was too little, too late.
In other RRDFL action last night, International Falls (7-7) rebounded from Tuesday’s loss with a 9-2 win over last-place Sabaskong (2-12).
Mike Imhoff (2-2) earned the win while Eagle Copenace (0-1) lost in his first decision of the season.
Meanwhile, Rainy River (13-4) wrapped up its regular season with a 9-4 victory over Big Island (5-10-1).
Murray Armstrong and Marty Armstrong both went deep for Rainy River in the win.
Murray Armstrong earned his league-leading 11th win of the season against three losses while Will Handorgan (4-6) was tagged with the loss.
And finally, Stratton (7-9) romped to a 15-2 victory over Big Grassy (3-10-1). Jeff Kreger continued his hot hitting of late by crushing two home runs in the win.
Guy Arpin (2-2) picked up the win while Melvin Major (0-3) took the loss.
The RRDFL playoffs begin next week, but the schedule has yet to be announced as several make-up games have to be played before the standings are finalized.