Just a night after taking an 18-2 pounding in the series opener the night prior, the last-placed Yorkton Cardinals nearly played the role of giant slayers – almost pulling off perhaps the biggest upset of the WCBL history but blew a three-run ninth-inning lead to drop the second game of the series against the league-leading Okotoks Dawgs 6-5 Tuesday night.
A surprise three-run sixth inning saw the Cardinals (4-38) hold a 4-1 vice-grip over the Dawgs heading into the final three outs of the game but the cobwebs were banged off the Okotoks scoring machine who robbed Yorkton out of their fifth win of the season.
Okotoks (33-10) pulled off a heroic four-run ninth-inning to complete their fifth late-game come-from-behind win of the season.
The Dawgs could not get the motors running on offence, staying improperly cold during the contest with only two runs scored by the seventh inning compared to the 17 last night.
Dawgs Academy alumni and Barton Community College freshman Noah Geekie opened the scoring with a two-out RBI base knock in the second inning.
Yorkton then tied the ballgame just an inning later with a two-out RBI single of their own in the third.
Okotoks was ice-cold on offence during the contest.
The Dawgs left only four total men left on base up until the sixth inning where the Dawgs saw two men in scoring position stranded after catcher Gavin Logan left the game with an arm injury. Replacement Noah Penney got robbed two RBIs as a diving play in the infield saved sure runs with two outs in the inning.
That defensive play shifted the tide of the contest as Yorkton capitalized on the idled Dawgs offence when they tallied a two-out two-run RBI double before capping off their sixth inning with a wild pitch to take a 4-1 lead.
With the prospect of losing to the WCBL basement-dwelling Cardinals, a fire was lit under the Dawgs who evened the game with a brave four-run rally in the top of the ninth and eventually won the ball game.
WCBL batting average leader and Chandler-Gilbert product Tristan Peters initiated the rally with his RBI single before UBC’s Valcke ripped a double to bridge the deficit to one, setting up Bellevue University infielder Riley Baasch who drove in the tying run on a fielder’s-choice for the second out of the inning.
Thompson Rivers second baseman Liam Rihela delivered a game-winning RBI double to give the Dawgs their first lead since the second inning, setting up a shutdown inning for closer Dustin Schorie who finished the contest with his eighth save of the season.
Okotoks will look for the sweep Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. start time.