By Tyler Lowey:
The Edmonton Prospects defeated the Okotoks Dawgs by a similar score two nights ago when these two teams tangled in the Dawgs’ Western Major Baseball League opener.
Friday night, it was the Dawgs that used an eight-run fifth inning to topple the Prospects 11- 4. Tonight, it was the Prospects who returned the favour, scoring six in the fourth to defeat the Dawgs 11-5 at RE/MAX Field.
Cole Jenkins (Lyon College) struggled with command in his first start with the Dawgs (2-1). Jenkins walked the leadoff batter in each of the first three innings, four in total to one strikeout.
After side-stepping danger in the first two innings, Prospects catcher Anthony Cusati made him pay by ripping a two-run double down the left field line in the third for his first RBIs of the season.
Jenkins’ replacement Dustin Shorie (Mesa Community College) didn’t fair much better with his command. The right hander only lasted 1.1 innings, walked one and hit one batter, as he allowed six earned runs in his Dawgs debut. He was saddled with his first loss of the season.
Legal, Alta. native Taran Oulton was dominant in his first start for the Prospects. He held the Dawgs scoreless through five innings, allowed three hits and struck out eight. He recorded his first win of the season.
After hitting a pair of long balls last night, the Dawgs kept the trend alive when Nate DeChaine (Morningside College) connected on his first home run in the sixth. The third basemen crushed a 2-0 fastball for his first blast of the season.
Eddie Sanchez (Central Arkansas) reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the fifth and was driven home on Collin Ridout’s (Tennessee Wesleyan University) third hit of the season.
Mike Ozga, Percy Liu, Daylen Calicdan and Matt Coutney each supplied two hits for the Prospects (2-1), as they out-hit the Dawgs 12-5.
Trailing 9-2 in the eighth, the Dawgs clawed back in the seventh thanks to three consecutive errors by three different Prospect infielders. Coming around to score was DeChaine, Riley Baasch (Bellevue University) and J.T. Patterson (Bellevue University). The Prospects played their worst defensive game of the year by making six errors.
Nolan Ruff (Mesa Community College) was in command during his first relief appearance of the season and kept the Prospects at bay. Pitching 1.1 innings, he allowed one earned run while striking out three batters.
Other Dawgs pitchers used were Alex Jones (Niagara University) and Corey Jackson (Indiana Hills Community College), who teamed up for a pair of scoreless innings. Chase Dreger (Southeastern University) ran into trouble in the eighth and allowed two runs, one earned, while walking one.
The Dawgs are off tomorrow and will resume WMBL action Tuesday night, June 5, when they travel to Medicine Hat to take on the Mavericks (0-1). The Dawgs will be at Seaman Stadium Wednesday, June 6, when they host the Brooks Bombers (0-2) at 7:05 p.m.