The Melville Millionaires defeated the Okotoks Dawgs for the first time since June 26, 2015, tonight with a 5-3 victory at Seaman Stadium.
It was also first time the Millionaires won in Okotoks since July 27, 2012.
David Flores backed into his second save of the year when the Dawgs (14-7) loaded the bases twice in the ninth.
With one out, J.T. Patterson (Bellevue University) drew a walk. Eddie Sanchez (Central Arkansas University) looped a base hit into left field and newcomer Adbiel Alicea (Tabor College) did the same, but to centre field.
That brought the Dawgs leader in home runs, Nate DeChaine (Morningside College) (six), up with the bases loaded and down four. He grounded into a fielder’s choice, but the Dawgs still pushed one across, as pinch runner Greg Student (Dawgs Academy) scored.
Up next was one of the Dawgs hottest hitters in Collin Ridout (Tennessee Wesleyan University) and he singled to centre to score Sanchez.
Riley Baasch (Bellevue University) kept the line moving with a walk, but the Millionaires finally ended the rally when Ryan Humeniuk (Indian Hills Community College) grounded out to shortstop.
Humeniuk grounded out to shortstop Kole Kaler to end the threat in front of 2,946 fans.
The Dawgs led 1-0 for the first six innings after Cole MacLaren (University of Pittsburgh) drove in his fifth run of the season in the second when his single up the middle cashed in Humeniuk, who also singled and stole second base.
Carter Robinson (Mesa Community College) cruised through the first six innings, struck out five and only allowed three hits. Pitching in the seventh inning for the second time this season, he allowed a leadoff single to Ryan Tackett, which was followed up by a two-run home run by Noah Freimuth. Robinson’s record dropped to 2-2.
Dawgs Academy product Brendan Logan came on in relief of Robinson and didn’t do much better. In the eighth with two outs, Logan hit Nik Pagan, gave up a double to Keaton Sullivan and a three-run home run to Tackett to make it 5-1.
There was a controversial call in the eighth on Keaton Sullivan’s double one batter prior to the home run.
Sullivan roped a double to the left-centre gap. Humeniuk closed on the ball and got it in quickly to second base. Sullivan slid head first and arrived at the bag around the same time the ball did. Sullivan thought he was in there and the entire Dawgs roster and coaching staff disagreed with the safe call.
After a minor discussion, Sullivan was ruled safe and then Tackett jammed salt into the wound by homering in the next at bat.
That’s not to say the Dawgs didn’t have their chances. They stranded a season-high 12 runners.
Tyler Ulrich went six innings for the Millionaires (7-14), gave up seven hits, struck out two, allowed one earned run and improved his record to 2-1.
The Dawgs will host the Millionaires tonight at Seaman Stadium to close out this brief two-game set. First pitch goes at 7:05 p.m.