Game-two of the Western Canadian Baseball Leauge semi-final was a Dawg fight in its own right between the Okotoks Dawgs and Edmonton Prospects.
The Edmonton Prospects live to see another playoff date with Okotoks after clawing their way back down in extra innings before walking-off the Dawgs to steal a 5-4 contest in the 10th inning.
Eighth-inning magic once again found a pulse in the stale Okotoks Dawgs offence that boosted the Western Divison champions to force extras and eventually take a vice-grip in the 10th inning.
Edmonton prolapsed in the clutch for the second straight night after again, seeing victory slip away thanks to Okotoks pressure but this time, managed to counter.
Edmonton subdued the potent Okotoks offence to start the game and keeping them within arms-reach as the Dawgs left four runners in scoring position in the opening three innings while also grounding out into one of three double-plays in the contest.The Prospects opened the scoring in the opening inning while the Dawgs struggled to capitalize early in the game on a two-out RBI single.
Edmonton doubled their lead on a two-out RBI triple that chased Dawgs starter Justin Hammergren out of the contest.
Lewis-Clarke senior Hammergren recovered after his first inning blemish, giving up five hits through five complete until his final base knock ended his outing with two outs in the sixth.
The Prospects threw ace Hunter Boyd who started in 10 games during the season including tossing three complete games, finishing with an impressive 2.53 ERA- his first win of the season being against these very Dawgs way back on June 8th where his complete-game effort saw him give up a single run on six hits during his first win of the season.
He nearly duplicated that performance as Boyd tossed winning baseball for eight innings before the Dawgs finally hounded him into a struggle.
The Dawgs rallied in the eighth inning after being kept silent throughout most of the contest in front of a hostile and raw crowd inside RE/MAX field.
Okotoks finally got to the Prospect starter in the eighth inning as the Dawgs found a beat on offence, finding the scoreboard on a dropped-third-strike that found the backstop to trim the Prospect lead in half.
A sac-bunt from Oregon State signee Jacob Melton advanced runners into scoring position for the first out of the inning setting up a third Oktoks opportunity with a runner in scoring position
The dropped-third-strike during a Jaxon Valcke at-bat would’ve been the second out of the inning but the ball found its way to the back-stop – allowing for Chandler-Gilbert outfielder Tristan Peters to score while UBC’s Valcke safely stepped on first base.
On deck batter and future Linn-Benton catcher Gavin Logan evened the contest with an RBI single to left-field.
Dawgs closer Dustin Schorie entered the contest in the seventh inning after Academy of Art relief pitcher Galen Manhard got the Dawgs out of the jam Hammergren left the contest with.
Schorie carried Okotoks from the mound as he went on to retire nine in a row from the seventh to the ninth before finding trouble in the 10th.
Okotoks earned their first lead of the game in the extra 10th inning after Oregon State’s Melton lead-off stand-up double set UBC’s Valcke with another chance to come through in the clutch and did so with an RBI single.
Prospect pitcher Boyd was still in the game.
Texas State’s Will Hollis doubled the lead still in the extra-inning with a fielders-choice while men were on all the bases.
Edmonton kept the fight on and wore out closer Schorie after he plunked back-to-back batters with one out in the inning.
Bellevue University relief pitcher Brandon Desjardins entered a messy situation he nearly go out off after the Prospects scored on a sac-fly.
Down to their final out, Edmonton went on to load the bases that set up a single that was slapped up the gut that brought in the game-winning Edmonton runs.
The deciding game-three shifts back to Seaman Stadium with the first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.