The Sight & Sound Wolves snapped their early-tournament jinx at the North American Fastpitch Association World Series yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa.
After struggling to win their openers in past years, the Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 record in the A-Major division, toppling the highly-touted Westerville (Ohio) Capitals 5-4 and the top-ranked Boise River Dogs 3-1.
The Wolves opened the scoring against the Capitals, but lost catcher and Rainy River District Fastball League home run king Kevin Gemmell to a pulled hamstring.
The Capitals knotted the game in the bottom of the second, then surged ahead 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
But the Wolves rallied for four runs in their last at-bat before holding Westerville in the bottom of the seventh.
Against the River Dogs, the Wolves struck early again when John Desaulniers brought home Dakota Andy in the first.
Boise pulled even in the top of the third, but Derek McKinnon brought home Bob Andy with a base hit in the bottom of the fifth and later scored when Desaulniers cracked a sacrifice fly.
Bob Andy pitched six innings for the win while Desaulniers closed things out in the seventh.
The Wolves were slated to face the 1-0 Kansas City Angels at 12:30 p.m. today.