It was a Dawg of a day for Okotoks.
For the first this season, the Okotoks Dawgs faced a blow out in front of their Seaman Stadium faithful with a disastrous 13-8 loss Tuesday night against the Brooks Bombers.
The WCBL West Divison basement dwellers pull off their second upset of the Dawgs this season while also winning their first-ever game in Seaman Stadium.
Dawgs 18U Black Academy phenom Matt Wilkinson got the nod for the final season meeting between the two clubs. The 16-year-old last started a game for the senior squad back on June 2nd when he threw stellar seven-shutout performance against the Fort McMurray Giants.
For the first time in his very young college career… he got hit around.
His second start of the summer college season wasn’t on the brilliant level as his first outing was.
Wilkinson found himself in trouble in the second inning after loading the bases with no outs.
He nearly got out of the jam striking out two but surrendered a base-clearing RBI double up 1-2 in the count for the first Bomber lead of the game at 3-0.
Okotoks (37-12) responded in the bottom half on the backs of last night’s hero Jacob Melton.
The future Oregon State outfielder tallied the first Dawgs run on an RBI double. Eventually advancing to third, he bolted to the dish on a dropped third strike and beat the tag for the second Okotoks run of the inning.
A two-run fifth inning forced Wilkinson was out of the game after surrendering a two-out two-run RBI double.
He left the contest with 4.2 innings pitched, giving up five runs on six hits but struck out an outstanding eight total batters.
Indiana University Southeast hurler Andrew Yates entered the fifth and got the Dawgs out of the inning.
The Dawgs went on to score on a wild pitch in the bottom half of the fifth to chip away at the deficit and bridge the gap to 5-3 after five complete innings.
Texas State’s Will Hollis pulled a run back with an RBI double to find life in the depleted Okotoks lineup as the Dawgs followed up with a three-run seventh inning.
Indiana State University product Dane Tofteland singled in a run before Oregon State’s Melton drove in two more to bridge the gap to 9-7.
After a scoreless eighth inning from both sides, Brooks bombarded the Dawgs in the ninth inning with their second four-run inning of the contest to end any hopes of an Okotoks comeback.
A solo bomb from Tofteland was too little too late for the WCBL leaders who will have to regroup when they face off the second-placed Medicine Hat Mavericks back at home at 7:05 p.m.