A dominating 8-0 display from the Western Canadian Baseball Leauge leading Okotoks Dawgs over rival Edmonton Prospects tied the club’s record for wins during the regular season, albeit with an extended schedule.
Okotoks needs to go 8-3 down the stretch to break the club’s record in win percentage.
Nonetheless, the Dawgs (35-10) also finish off their season series against the Prospects with a 6-2 record in summer 2019.
Dawgs ace Nolan Ruff put his perfect 6-0 record on the line against the Prospects tonight and remains unblemished in the WCBL with his seven-inning shutout performance in which he surrendered a mere four hits while striking out eight on his way to the win.
Ruff began his eighth start of the season strong as he went nine-up nine-down despite giving up two hits and continued to give the Prospects no hope the rest of the way.
Okotoks went on an offensive explosion to open the ball game – racking up three runs in the opening two innings of play.
Bellevue University first baseman Riley Baasch ignited the run with an RBI sac-fly before the University of Nebraska freshman Shay Scanaman drilled a two-out two-run RBI triple to cap off the first inning.
In the second, WCBL batting average leader and Chandler-Gilbert product Tristan Peters littered 32nd Street in Okotoks with his ninth home run of the season as his two-run moonshot landed on the main road outside of Seaman Stadium.
Oregon State commit Jacob Melton capped off the second consecutive three-spot on the board with an RBI single.
Okotoks stayed off the board up until the seventh inning where a two-spot widened the gap for the Dawgs who capitalized on an over-throw from the pitcher mound with one out. The error advanced both runners on base to scoring positions before a wild pitch drove in a run.
Oregon State’s Melton cleared the third base with an RBI single to push the extend the lead at 8-0.
The Okotoks bullpen preserved the shutout as offerings from hurlers Galen Manhard (Academy of Art) and Tanner Simpson (Lewis-Clarke State) helped the Dawgs gain their second shutout win of the season.
The league-leading Dawgs welcome provincial rival Lethbridge Bulls to Seaman Stadium tomorrow night with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.