Okotoks, AB – Two of the hottest teams in the WCBL clashed in the first marquee meeting of the
season between the Best of the West in the Okotoks Dawgs and Beast in the East Regina Red Sox,
with the Dawgs coming on top with a 5-1 victory Friday night.
Both these teams put winning streaks on the line as the Dawgs improve to their fifth consecutive win
while the Red Sox had their win streak snapped at five.
The Dawgs also improve to 11-0 record at home with their series-opening win.
Point University starter Billy Brand absolutely dealt during his second start of the season.
The Burlington, Ont., native tossed six innings with his last five posting blanks on the board while
allowing only three hits on one run and fanning six on route to the win.
Okotoks started the game clumsy and against their character but shook off a jittery first inning and
never looked back.
“It was a 180-degree turn from the first to the second inning,” says head coach Mitch Schmidt.
“It was a good adjustment. Throwing four runs was huge… it was deflating and pushed the momentum.
We calmed the nerves and went after it.”
Regina forced two errors to start the game resulting in a fielders-choice to give the Red Sox their only
lead of the game
The Dawgs, however, countered with an offensive outburst that saw the Dawgs mount up five hits
resulting in four runs their next time a
Dawgs Academy alumni and catcher Gavin Logan carried the load in tonight's matchup, hitting 3-4 with
He wired an RBI-double with a man on base to tie the game before an error from the following batter,
Isaiah Peterson forced an error that drove Logan in to double the lead.
Next up, a two-run RBI single from Tristan Peters capped off the outstanding inning for the Dawgs.
Peters now sits at 25 RBIs on the year and still leads the league in batting average with a .481 after
Chandler-Gilbert product Peters extends his hit-streak to 13 in as many starts and now has 23 games
out of 24 where he has registered a base-hit. The only game he does not have a hit in dates back to a
one at-bat appearance back on June 12th.
UBC first baseman Jaxon Valcke padded the Okotoks lead with a fielders choice in the fourth inning.
Both teams put zeros on the board from the fifth inning on as the Dawgs simply shut down the
streaking Red Sox as the bullpen did not surrender any hits. University of Nebraska pitcher Shay
Schanaman, Indiana Southeast pitcher Andrew Yates and Linn-Benton hurler Dan Ferrario all kept
Regina hitless to end the game.
The postponed game-one will resume at 4:05 p.m. from the top of the sixth inning with the Red Sox
batting with runners on the corners and two outs, leading a 2-1 contest. After the conclusion of that
game, the series finale will go down at 7:05 p.m.