Dan Khavkin, Dawgs Baseball
Brooks, AB – After suffering their first ever road loss to the Brooks Bombers, breaking an 11-0 streak
in their last away meeting, the Okotoks Dawgs picked up a 9-4 win in during their final trip to Elks Field
Heading into the contest, head coach Mitch Schmidt talked about having a quick memory heading
down to Brooks after that bitter defeat.
"We gave innings away last game and knew we can't do that at their place. We scored in six of nine
innings which was the difference tonight," he says.
Three different Dawgs went yard during the contest while keeping the Bombers at bay on defence all
Lewis-Clarke hurler Justin Hammergren started the game for the Dawgs and picked up his second win
with a five-inning performance, allowing only three hits and fanning two batters.
Dawgs Academy 18U prospect Matt Wilkinson made his second ever appearance for the senior team
after picking up a win following his seven-shutout inning performance on June 2 nd . Wilkinson stepped
onto the mound in the bottom of the sixth and pitched one inning of relief.
The Dawgs (18-5) had a strong start to the contest, leaving a 3-2-1 spot in the opening third of the
Okotoks sent nine batters during the first inning and had two outs to work with while the bases were
Chandler-Gilbert product Tristan Peters wired just the second pitch of the game over the right-field
fence to re-claim the team-lead in long bombs with his seventh to open the inning with a solo shot.
Peters also holds the league-lead in RBIs with 23.
The Dawgs continued to carry the momentum, adding two more runs in the inning from the University
of Houston third baseman Bret Esau who’s fielders-choice doubled the lead before loading the bases
with two outs.
Okotoks walked in a third run with the bases juiced to cap off the strong offensive start that saw them
total their 26 th first-inning run this season.
After Brooks (6-17) pulled a run back in the bottom half, the Dawgs used a second home run to pad
UBC infielder Jaxon Valcke launched his first home run as an Okotoks Dawg in the second inning with
a two-run jack before the University of Nebraska shortstop Shay Schanaman, tallied the Dawgs’ third
home run of the game with his solo shot in the third inning.
After the Dawgs left their first blank on offence, Texas State infielder Will Hollis accounted for the
seventh Okotoks run with his sac-fly in the fifth.
Both Brooks and the Dawgs added a run each off wild-pitches before Linn-Benton outfielder Jacob
Melton brought in the last Okotoks run of an RBI double in the final inning.
The Dawgs travel back to Okotoks and start a three-game set at Seaman Stadium against the Regina
Red Sox to open Canada Day weekend with the first pitch set for Thursday at 7:05 p.m.