Dan Khavkin, Dawgs Baseball
Brooks, AB- WCBL history was made Saturday night as the Brooks Bombers won their first-ever
game against the Okotoks Dawgs in league play with their series-tying 13-11 bout.
Okotoks (10-4) drops their first decision to Brooks (4-11) in their 22nd league meeting.
Both teams had a regrettable level of standard when it came to defending as a reported total of 27 hits
(14-13 Brooks) and 14 errors (9-5 Brooks) between both teams allowed for the game swing back-and-
Brooks began the first advance of the game, mounting up a 7-3 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Dawgs starter Jared Spearing was one of five total pitchers used in the game after the UBC hurler was
pulled two innings into the contest.
Okotoks found themselves trailing on a score-line for the first time in three games when the Bombers
slapped two consecutive RBI singles to start the game off.
The Dawgs responded by wearing out Brooks starting ace Nick Garcia with excellent plate discipline in
the next half-inning.
Three Dawgs batters worked 0-2 counts in the second inning and loaded the bases with one out – in a
collective effort to take the first lead of the game.
Short-stop Richard Mascarenas grounded an RBI infield-single after two straight walks setting up
Bellevue University product Kory Longaker, who slapped a two-run RBI single in his Dawgs debut.
The Bombers, however, responded with a four-run bottom half second inning on a sacrifice fly that tied
the game before Brooks' top gun McCoy Pierce’s three-run shot and fifth home run of the season gave
Brooks an early 6-3 lead.
Down 7-3, Okotoks grenadier Will Hollis sparked a four-run, fifth inning rally that swung momentum
back on the side of the Dawgs, tying the game 7-7 before Brooks retook the lead thanks to a four-error
inning in the bottom half.
The Texas State infielder wired his league-leading sixth home run on a solo shot before a string of hits
set up catcher Jordan Mambaje to bring in a run and cut the deficit at 7-5.
The Dawgs, continued the push the next few at-bats.
Jaxon Valcke caught the defence napping and cross home-plate on a dropped-third-strike before a
perfect bunt-single tied the match from Richard Mascarenas drove in Mambaje.
Four errors in the bottom of the fifth inning helped the Bombers retake the lead on an overthrown ball
from the mound and a wild pitch.
A home run and a pass-ball gave the Bombers began another push of tempo, growing their biggest
lead of the game at five heading into the seventh inning with another two runs in the sixth inning with
the score sitting at 12-7.
Okotoks, however, refused to go down without a fight.
The Dawgs responded with a three-run inning, scoring off an overthrown groundball before Tristan
Peters brought two more runs in to push the score to 12-10.
Brooks scored an insurance run from groundball that skipped down the line at the bottom of the eight.
Okotoks pressed heavy in the final inning but only brought one run in from a fielders-choice from
Longaker that got his Dawgs side as close as they can.
The Dawgs travel back to close the series at Seaman Stadium for the annual Father's Day matchup on
Sunday, June 16th with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m.