Mud Dogs hand ‘Canes first loss


The defending champs are undefeated no more.
The Fort Frances Mud Dogs got a fantastic pitching outing from Rachelle Yeo in downing the Fort Frances Her-icanes 8-1 in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action here last night.
The victory also moved the Mud Dogs into a tie for first place with the ‘Canes at 5-1.
Jenny Chivers-Wilson homered as the Mud Dogs collected their fourth straight win.
Laureen Hill took the loss for the ‘Canes.
In Emo, meanwhile, Pat Green delivered a pair of clutch hits for the Big Grassy Lynx, who scored 14 runs over the final three innings en route to a 20-11 win over the host Renegades.
The third-place Lynx (4-1-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first with three hits and three walks against Renegades’ starter Mykenzie Borger.
But ninth-place Emo scored the next seven runs to take a 7-6 lead in the fourth.
Big Grassy tied it in the fifth, then took the lead for good when Green crushed a deep fly ball to right that Renegades’ newcomer Grace Bragg had sail over her head for a two-run double to make it 9-7.
Then with the Lynx up 13-7 in the sixth, Green singled to centre to cash in two more runs as part of a seven-run frame.
Candace Handorgan remained unbeaten on the season (4-0-1) with the complete-game victory.
Syd Jones took care of business on the mound for the Couchiching Lady Raiders (3-3-1), who topped the Fort Frances Angels 9-5 last night.
The fifth-place Lady Raiders ended a three-game winless slide with the win.
Sara Jackson was tagged with the loss for the seventh-place Angels (2-3), who lost consecutive games for the first time this season.
The Red Gut Babes remained in fourth place with a 15-8 win over Sabaskong Tebinaak.
Karen Croteau earned the win in her season pitching debut while Beulah Chartrand drilled her second homer of the year for the Babes (4-3).
Jarrah Tom took the defeat for the 11th-place Tebinaak (1-3).
Another team starting to round into form is the Northwest Bay Beavers (2-3-2), who now sit in sixth place after a 22-7 romp over the last-place Dawson Tigers (1-5).
Darcy Smith went the distance for the Beavers while Alicia Anderson was tagged with the loss.
The Manitou T-Birdies had the bye last night.
Action resumes Monday with five games beginning at 7 p.m.
The ‘Canes will look to bounce back against visiting Sabaskong at VanJura while the Angels will host Big Grassy at the St. Francis Sports Field.
Dawson visits the Lady Raiders, the Mud Dogs head to Emo, and Northwest Bay is in Manitou.
Red Gut has the bye.