Dan Khavkin, Dawgs Baseball
Lethbridge, AB- For the first time this season, the roles were reversed for the Okotoks Dawgs who
found themselves down early and were not able to bridge an early six-run gap against the second-
place Lethbridge Bulls who survived with a 10-8 win on Friday night.
Lethbridge scored eight out of their 10 runs with two outs which according to Dawgs bench boss Mitch
Schmidt, was the reason the hole was so deep for his team in tonight’s loss despite leaving nine
runners on base throughout the game.
“It wasn’t the number of players we left on base. If we go ahead and shut down teams like we talk
about all year long and not give up chances to score, we wouldn’t have the falling point we did,” he
“They took advantage of our mistakes and executed. Plain and simple, they deserved to win, and we
Schmidt adds: “It wasn’t that our attitude and effort was not there. We didn’t execute early but those
two-out base hits that resulted in so many of their runs brought the guys down for sure. It was a hell of
a fight, we needed to start the offence early next time.”
Contrary to his first start of the season, Lewis-Clarke pitcher Tanner Simpson was hit around during his
second outing of the season.
Simpson’s second start saw him giving up seven runs on 11 hits while striking out four through four
innings of work.
After the Dawgs tied the game at 1-1 in the second inning from an RBI double from Linn-Benton
outfielder Jacob Melton, the Bulls put together a four-run bottom half and seemed to take off with an
early 5-1 lead.
Okotoks however, chipped away at the deficit on the backs of Thompson Rivers second baseman
Liam Rihela who’s three-run jack, bridged the gap and left the Dawgs down 5-4 in the third inning.
Rihela tallied his third home run in as many starts.
Simpson continued to pitch an aggressive game but surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the
With the score 7-4, controversy struck at the top of the fifth.
With one out, catcher Riley Baasch smoked the ball back up the mound and drilled Bulls pitcher Dylan
Steen square on the foot.
The rules dictate that at least one out will be counted for because of the ball hitting the pitcher before
the ground but the initial call from the umpire crew called a double-play.
Head coach Schmidt cleverly pointed out the fact that the Bulls infielder did not throw the ball over to
the second base, therefore, the double-play should be nullified.
The umpires called one out back, giving the Dawgs another chance on offence this time with Baasch
on first base but Okotoks could not capitalize.
Lethbridge added three more runs that seemed to close the game out, but a resilient Dawgs offence
was within arm’s reach from the score.
UBC relief pitcher Brendan Logan stepped onto the mound for the Dawgs and gave his offence the
best chance to complete a six-run deficit with his two shutout innings of work during the seventh and
Okotoks put out a heroic comeback effort that ultimately fell just short after leaving a four-spot in the
Bellevue back-stop Baasch pulled two runs back for the Dawgs with his late-game two-run home run
that trimmed the lead down to four at 10-6.
With two outs, a pass-ball that Okotoks scored on set up short-stop Richard Mascarenas who trimmed
the deficit with his RBI single but that was as close as the Dawgs got at 10-8.
The Dawgs travel back home for game-two of the three-game set Saturday night with the first pitch set
for 7:05 p.m.