Wolves open with win

Sight & Sound began its quest for another Rainy River District Fastball League title with a 12-6 win over Sabaskong at VanJura here last night.
The Wolves displayed the same combination of quality pitching and potent bats in their opening playoff game as that which led them to the regular-season crown.
Afterwards, first baseman Derek McKinnon said the early run support given to starting pitcher Harvey Flamand helped propel the team to victory.
“We wanted to get up a few runs early,” McKinnon said, before adding that the small ball strategy employed by the team—bunts, singles, and smart base-running—worked to perfection.
On the mound, Flamand returned from a lengthy stint on the disabled list to pitch an effective game against Sabaskong, the lowest-seeded team in the playoffs.
He showed no ill effects of the back injury that kept him sidelined for the better part of the last month-and-a-half.
“For coming back from that long off, he pitched well,” McKinnon said.
Flamand got off to a shaky start in the top of the first as Sabaskong jumped out to the early 2-0 lead courtesy of three singles and a Wolves’ throwing error.
But the Wolves were quick to respond in their half of the inning.
After Grant Swire and Marcel Pagee both reached base on singles, Ed Vold doubled to cut the lead in half before Cole Kaemingh hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2.
Bob Andy then singled to score Vold, and was later brought home courtesy of a Clayton Windego two-run home run. That extended the home team’s lead to 5-2 before Sabaskong could record the final out.
Flamand settled down in the second inning, retiring the Sabaskong hitters without allowing a run. Then the Sight & Sound bats went back to work.
Kaemingh crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the inning, scoring Pagee and Vold ahead of him to make it 8-2.
Sabaskong scored once in the top of the third, but the Wolves responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth when Vold doubled to score Pagee.
Sight & Sound sealed the win in the bottom of the fifth.
Windego scored on a throwing error after having reached base on a walk and advancing to third courtesy of a Swire single.
Pagee then stepped up and hit a two-run homer to make it 12-3.
Sabaskong came back with three runs in the top of the sixth to make it 12-6 but it was too little, too late.
In other RRDFL playoff action last night, Rainy River beat Big Grassy 9-5. Murray Armstrong homered and picked up the win for the hosts.
Jeff Morrison, who was saddled with the loss, and Chris Jack answered with home runs of their own for Big Grassy.
Meanwhile, Stratton’s Chris Pollard homered in a 6-4 victory over International Falls. Derek Bilben homered in a losing cause.
Guy Arpin earned the win while Mike Imhoff took the loss.
The game between Big Island and Barwick was postponed until Sunday (July 29).
Sight & Sound’s next playoff game is Tuesday (Aug. 1) against Stratton at VanJura. The first pitch is at 8 p.m.