t took the Okotoks Dawgs three games to end an alarming slump nearing playoff time, but Western Canadian Baseball League Western Division champions found the win column after a convincing 11-1 pounding of the Medicine Hat Mavericks Tuesday night.
The Dawgs (39-15) scored 11 unanswered runs after giving up the first run of the game in the opening inning.
Okotoks dominated from that point on thanks to the support from UBC starting ace Jared Spearing who recovered after his only blemish of the contest.
Spearing tossed six solid innings of work, surrendering a lone run on a mere four hits while punching out four en route to his third win of the season and improves his record to 3-2 on the year.
Okotoks tied the ballgame in the third inning on a Will Hollis sac-fly that set up an RBI double from University of Houston product Brett Esau.
WCBL batting average leader Tristan Peters extended the lead to 3-1 as the Chandler-Gilbert product smacked an RBI single in the following inning.
The Dawgs continued their explosion on offence courtesy of Bellevue University catcher and Calgary, Alta. native JT Patterson who went yard for the second time this season. His two-run two-out jack pushed the Okotoks lead to 5-1.
Okotoks poured it on with a six-run ninth inning to conclude the rout of the Mavs.
An RBI single from Indiana State’s Dane Tofteland was followed up by a two-run jack by Texas State’s Hollis gave the Dawgs an 8-1 lead with his seventh bomb of the season. A walk with the bases loaded, a wild pitch and a sac—fly from Oregon State prospect Jacob Melton summed up the 39th victory of the season.
Okotoks travel back to Seaman Stadium to play the make-up game from the July 31st rainout against these same Mavericks at 7:05 p.m.