Both sides tossed near shutout baseball outside of a combined six-run second inning, but it was the Okotoks Dawgs who outlasted and outplayed the Edmonton Prospects Friday night and picked up a 4-2 decision.
After Okotoks faced an early 2-0 deficit following the Prospects (14-18) scoring on back-to-back sacrifice plays in the second inning, the Dawgs responded with a vicious bottom half and never looked back.
A terminal press on offence saw four consecutive Dawgs batters bring runners in while the pitching staff took care of the rest.
University of Nebraska infielder Shay Schanaman almost sent his first home run in front of Seaman Stadium but his RBI double ripped the yellow line of the fence to cut the deficit in half.
Next up, Iowa-Western outfielder Isiah Peterson tied the game with a sac-fly before back-to-back base hits from Oregon State commit Jacob Melton and Chandler-Gilbert Tristan Peters, capped off the explosion on offence.
Point University pitcher Billy Brand started in his third game since assuming a spot in the Okotoks rotation.
Brand threw five innings, four consecutive shutout to end his third start. He yielded six hits and surrendered two runs but struck out five on route to his second win of the season.
Lewis-Clarke hurler Tanner Simpson came into relief during the split-start and absolutely dealt, pitching three perfect innings from the sixth to the eighth, retiring nine consecutive batters while fanning two.
Simpson’s relief effort set up NJCAA div-2 finalist and Mesa College product Dustin Schorie who struck out the side to pick up his fourth save of the season.
The rematch shifts RE/MAX Field and Alberta’s capital with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
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