Okotoks, AB- The long road of playoff revenge began for the Okotoks Dawgs in front of 3,875 fans
inside a bouncing Seaman Stadium against rival Edmonton Prospects, picking up their first win at
home Friday night 5-4.
The Dawgs improve to a 2-0 record while Edmonton suffers their first defeat of the season.
UBC T-Bird product Jared Spearing got the nod in front of his home crowd, pitching five innings while
surrendering six hits and two earned runs meanwhile Prospect counterpart, Taran Oulton saw 20
batters in his five innings, giving up four hits and three earned runs.
Billy Brand secured the save for his Okotoks side.
Tristian Peters, coming off his strong 5-6 (2 RBI) game against Brooks, began the offensive run for
Okotoks in the fourth inning.
He got on base with a single before advancing on a balk and then stealing third base that gave the first
momentum swing of the game for the Dawgs.
Jaxon Valcke broke the dry deadlock with an RBI double for the first run of the game, setting the stage
for Dawgs returnee Will Hollis.
After shrugging off a close strike by the ump, Willis absolutely turned into the next pitch.
“I thought it was a little off, but I didn’t like the pitch anyway. I stuck with it and connected on the next,”
The second year Dawgs outfielder and Texas State product went yard in his first game of the season,
just days after landing on a plane to make this game on time. His moonshot over the 400-foot fence to
cap off a three-run inning for his home-side Dawgs.
Hollis says, “I was really excited to be back in front this Okotoks crowd.”
Acting bench boss Joe Sergent commented on the immediate contribution.
“That’s what we went… when returning guys come in and contribute, the way guys like Will do is
Spearing pitched four strong innings before his fifth and final one saw his only mistake of the game.
He pitched a strong fifth inning before he loaded the bases and surrendered his first earned runs of the
season on a Prospect double.
Dawgs Academy Alumni Andrew Yates was called upon to settle the momentum stopped the returned
call from the Prospects.
He got the first out on a pop fly against his first batter but couldn’t save the lead after a sac fly tied the
game at three apiece.
Yates however, kept the game tied thanks to a huge pick-off that led to an inning ending run-down play
that caught the third Prospect runner stealing a base in just six innings.
“He’s a proven guy. I know I can trust him and needed him at home before anything else. Brunner
stepped in and trusted Billy at the end and we got it,” Sergent comments on the strong effort from the
Okotoks responded on a bunt single from Valcke with a runner on base that the Prospects infield made
an error on, allowing for a run to get cashed in from second base. Valcke was counted for the fifth run
of the game on a Gavin Logan fielders-choice that capped off the sixth inning.
A late game fielder-choice led to the Prospects fourth run of the game that forced relief pitcher Galan
Manhard out of the game for closer Brand.
Brand held his own at the top of the ninth, having one runner on second base with no outs but the
Point Univ. senior didn’t crack and retired his next three batters.
The Dawgs stay at home and welcome the Fort McMurray Giants with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. while
the Prospects head home to RE/MAX Field and host the Brook Bombers at the same time.