The Okotoks Dawgs had an outstanding 2019 season, ending a 10-year drought and winning the WCBL Championship.
There were a number of Dawgs players who came up in the clutch in big moments over the course of the season, but there were several who stood out above the rest.
Without further adieu, the Dawgs would like to announce the 2019 award winners for MVP, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and True Grit award;
MVP- Tristan Peters
Peters, a Dawgs Academy graduate and current Chandler-Gilbert CC Coyote, was hands down the best player all season long. Not only was Peters the Dawgs MVP, he was named MVP of the WCBL.
Peters was impressive at the plate all year long, batting .396 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 12 home runs and 44 RBI’s.
Pitcher of the Year- Nolan Ruff
Nolan Ruff was the anchor of the Dawgs pitching staff in 2019. Ruff started 9 games and finished the regular season with a perfect 7-0 record, tying the Dawgs single season win record.
Over the span of those 9 starts, Ruff pitched 57.1 innings with 65 strikeouts while only walking 6, finishing the regular season with a 3.14 ERA.
Rookie of the Year- Ricardo Sanchez
Ricardo Sanchez did it all for the Dawgs last year. Sanchez, only in grade 11, was the every day short stop for the Dawgs Academy 18U Black, and the Dawgs college team when Richard Mascarenas went down with an injury.
Sanchez didn’t skip a beat making the jump to the college level. The slick-fielding short stop had a .959 fielding percentage in 24 games played with the College Dawgs while collecting 8 RBI’s, 4 of which came in the Championship run.
True Grit Award- Davis Todosichuk
Davis Todosichuk was as gritty as they come on the baseball field. Todosichuk played the game with passion and enthusiasm, and played an integral role in the 2019 Championship season.
In 45 games, Davis hit .345 with 7 doubles, 1 home run, 17 RBI’s and 20 stolen bases. Very impressive season offensively for Todosichuk. Equally as impressive, was when he wasn’t wreaking havoc in the batter’s box or on the base paths, he was playing gold glove calibre defense in the outfield.
The Dawgs Management, Coaching Staff, and players would like congratulate Tristan, Nolan, Ricardo and Davis on an outstanding 2019 season, and bringing the Championship back to Okotoks.
Look for the Dawgs to defend the title in 2020!