Okotoks, AB- The bats came alive early for the Okotoks Dawgs (6-0) who gunned down the Brooks
Bombers (1-5) in an opening day rematch 18-7 Tuesday night.
“I got here five minutes before the game. Knowing what we have, picking the right guys who came out,
my first impression is that these guys like playing,” Dawgs bench boss Mitch Schmidt comments after
the game while pointing up to the scoreboard.
The Dawgs put up 18 runs on a whopping 21 hits tonight.
Schmidt drove up to Okotoks from Bellevue college in Washington state at 12:30 p.m. to make this
game. After getting stuck at the border, he says he’s pleased to see that he inherited a safe situation
and believes that the work is still only just beginning.
“It’s very pleasing, the transition was seamless. I can tell they are a ‘grindy’ group of players, so the
fans are going to love them.”
Virginia Tech product Nick Vickers took the mound for his second start of the season, also against
these same Bombers whom he saw on opening day.
The Dawgs Academy alumni and third-year collegiate team veteran pitched four innings, surrendering
seven hits and four runs on route to his first win of the season.
The story of the game however, was the explosion the Dawgs had on offence, despite being down on
the board first.
Okotoks batted around the order and saw 12 batters step up to the plate in the first inning. A combined
seven runs on six hits jump-started a hot offence that never looked back after routing Bomber pitcher
Vaughn Wiggins who only saw an inning and a third.
The bombardment of Brooks carried into the second inning where a six-spot was put up.
Brooks attempted to claw back into the game but at 15-4, the Dawgs tallied another three-run inning
during the bottom of the fifth.
The Bombers mustered up a few more runs but the game was already decided
Dawgs centre fielder and Okanagan college product Davis Todosichuk, had himself his best display on
offence thus far, hitting 4-5 with six RBI’s including a three-run home run that cleared the left-field
fence during the bottom of the second.
Right fielder Tristan Peters continues to improve his consistency, holding a .519 batting average after
hitting 3-5 with three RBI’s under his name while Texas State first-baseman Will Hollis, had his home
run streak at Seaman Stadium snapped at three games but still drove in an RBI.
Dawgs Academy prospects Mike Clapperton and Richardo Sanchez combined for a total 4-9 at the
plate with four RBIs.
The Dawgs will enjoy an off-day tomorrow before opening a home-and-home series with the
Lethbridge Bulls on the road Thursday June 6 th with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.