Dan Khavkin, Dawgs Baseball
Brooks, AB- The power swings were in full force for the potent Okotoks Dawgs offence who littered
Elks Field Friday night with an in-game home run derby, as seven home runs gunned down the Brooks
Dawgs pitcher Nolan Ruff was absolute lights out in his second start of the season.
The Mesa Thunderbirds product pitched seven innings of incredible dominance, striking out 11 batters
(10 by the fifth inning) while only giving up one run on three hits against Brooks (3-12).
The story of the game however, was the showcase of Okotoks’ power-hitting ability inside the smallest
ball park of the WCBL.
Five different Dawgs players went yard and used all the 350-feet available to them and early.
Four home run shots in the first four innings lifted Okotoks (10-3) while exceptional pitching kept the
Bombers' guns at bay.
Third-baseman Brett Esau’s two-run dinger during the top of the first inning, adds to the total first
inning runs to 20 for the Dawgs this season.
Two more two-run bombs from short-stop Richard Mascarenas, known as a traditional contact-hitter,
flexed his hidden power swinging ability in the second inning before newly acquired catcher and
NCAA-division one Oregon State product Zak Taylor, went yard just 12 hours after landing in Canada
in the third.
Esau cleared the fence for the second time on the night with his three-run shot that gave him a total of
five RBIs on the night in the fourth.
The Dawgs continued the press with a seven-run inning in the top of the sixth.
Will Hollis padded the lead and re-acquired the team lead in long bombs with his fifth of the season in
the sixth inning that put the sixth, double-digits Dawgs game so far with his three-run shot.
The first run in that was not from a home run, was cashed in on a sacrifice-fly from newly acquired
Shay Shanaman before Tristan Peters darted the sixth Okotoks home run with his two-run bomb
before another run was driven in with two outs by Dane Toftland.
Peters led the way again for the Dawgs, having a 5-6 outing with two RBIs.
Catcher Taylor cracked his second dinger and final home run in the seventh inning for the Dawgs.
Okotoks travels back to Brooks tomorrow night for the second of the three-game set with first pitch set
for Friday night at 7:05 p.m., before the Bombers, conclude the series back at Seaman Stadium on
Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16th.