Every Dawg has its day.
For the second time this season, the Okotoks Dawgs fall short on the road in Lethbridge as the Bulls pulled away with a late-game spark to steal a 3-1 decision Sunday afternoon.
Okotoks (36-11) also sees its nine-game win-streak come to an end after their stale performance against the Bulls as the Dawgs drop just their second meeting out of the six against Lethbridge this season.
The two clubs see each other two more times before the WCBL season ends on August 7th.
The Dawgs started the game on the front foot thanks to some clutch two-out batting in the second inning on an RBI double from University of Houston product Brett Esau.
Calgary, Alta. native and Bellevue University catcher J.T Patterson earned a walk down 0-1 in the count to reach first base with two outs. On deck batter Esau slapped a clutch RBI single turned into double after the relay delivery was overthrown.
A back-and-forth stalemate saw the game shift momentum in the fifth inning.
The Bulls evened the contest during the fifth on an unfortunate break for Okotoks as a fielding error by Dawgs starter Justin Hammergren allowed Lethbridge tie the game with two outs in the inning.
The Lewis-Clarke senior pitched well through four, striking out four and giving up four hits until the Bulls pressed the Dawgs starter to give up the early-shutout bid.
A chopper by WCBL RBI leader Kaleb Warden tied the game 1-1 with his 64th RBI of the year as Hammergren had to make a tough catch while attempting to cover for the first baseman but missed the base in the process.
The Dawgs uncharacteristically failed to respond from the fifth inning on and stayed suspiciously silent on offence the rest of the way. Okotoks failed to score more than one run for just the second time this season.
Lethbridge took advantage of the lull from the potent Dawgs offence to eventually take their first lead of the contest and never looked back.
A two-run seventh inning forced Dawgs starter Hammergren out of the game after the deadlock was broken with the bases loaded and one out.
Bulls RBI threat Ashton Roy singled to cash in two runners to give the Lethbridge their first lead of the game to bring his total to 43 RBIs on the season.
Okotoks couldn’t muster any form of offence during their final two turns on offence to drop their WCBL-low 11th game of the season.
The Dawgs travel back to Seaman Stadium to play against these same Bulls for the third game in a row for the make-up game from June 7th with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.