Dan Khavkin, Dawgs Baseball
Fort McMurray, AB – For the third time in three years – twice inside the same weekend, the Okotoks
Dawgs fell to the Fort McMurray Giants after dropping the finale of a three-game road set 6-5 Sunday
Okotoks started the rubber match strong after tallying three runs in the opening inning, bringing their
season total to 36 first inning runs.
A two-out, two-run RBI triple from University of Nebraska infielder Shay Schanaman gave the Dawgs
an early 2-0 lead that was followed up by an RBI single from Texas State infielder Will Hollis who
drove the third run of the inning.
In the second inning, WCBL batting average leader and Chandler-Gilbert product Tristan Peters drove
in the fourth Okotoks run of the game on a fielders-choice.
The Dawgs failed to add any more runs on the board up until the eighth inning.
Fort McMurray only scored in two innings but a five-run fourth inning separated the Giants from the
Crowder Community College pitcher and Dawgs Academy alumni Graham Brunner started on the
bump for the fourth time this season.
Brunner threw well early on in the game until a disastrous fourth inning forced his outing to be cut
short. Heading into the fourth, he gave up one lone hit while fanning three.
Fort Mac scored their first run on just their second hit but continued to hit around Brunner who gave up
four more runs in the inning during the Giants' run on offence that left five runs on the board.
He finished the contest with three and one-third innings pitched, giving up five runs on five hits and
striking out four while dropping to a 2-1 record.
UBC relief pitcher Brendan Logan entered the contest to salvage the situation and forced two flyouts to
stop the bleeding.
The Giants added their sixth and final run of the game after loading the bases on Logan before scoring
on a fielders-choice. He was replaced by Indiana University Southeast pitcher Andrew Yates who also
forced two outs to hold the Giants back.
Okotoks had a late-game eighth inning push when the Dawgs loaded the bases and eventually cutting
the deficit to one after scoring on a pass-ball.
The Dawgs however, left two men stranded in the eighth and could not muster a comeback in the ninth
as they drop their ninth game of the season.
Okotoks travels back home with a day off on Monday before hosting the first two games of a three-
game set with the Medicine Hat Mavericks starting on Tuesday, July 16th.