The last month has been very exciting for the Okotoks Dawgs! The province of Alberta has managed to curb COVID-19 and fully reopen with little-to-no restrictions, the WCBL season is well underway featuring two Dawgs teams, Okotoks Dawgs Black and Okotoks Dawgs Red and the cherry on top of it all… the Dawgs have current academy athletes and alumni making waves in the amateur and professional baseball ranks.
Former standout Dawgs pitcher, Andrew Kittredge, was named to the 2021 American League All-star game roster. Alejo Lopez, former Dawgs Academy and WCBL standout middle infielder, made his Major League Baseball debut with the Cincinnati Reds. Tristan Peters, a Dawgs Academy product, 2019 WCBL Rookie of the Year and 2019 WCBL Playoff MVP, was selected 207th overall in the 7th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Andrew Kittredge, a WCBL All-star and now MLB All-star, has been lights out for the Tampa Bay Rays. In 32 games pitched including 4 starts, Kitt is now 6-1 on the year with 1.47 ERA; accumulating 43 innings pitched, 43 strikeouts and a miniscule 0.86 WHIP.
Alejo Lopez, former standout Dawgs Academy and WCBL middle infielder, was called up to the Cincinnati Reds on June 28th, 2021. Since being called up to the show, Lopez is batting .313 in 16 AB’s while scoring 3 runs with the Reds.
Tristan Peters, Dawgs Academy graduate, WCBL Rookie of the Year and WCBL Playoff MVP, was selected in the 7th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers after an outstanding year with the Southern Illinois University Salukis. Peters swung the bat well for the Salukis all season slashing .355/.548/1.011 while collecting 77 hits- 20 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 55 RBI’s.
Furthermore, the Okotoks Dawgs Academy has managed to place 20 different athletes since the Fall of 2020 for an opportunity to play college baseball, including 13 different athletes at the NCAA Division 1 level. Amongst the 20 different athletes placed at colleges across North America, players have netted over $1.8 million in athletic scholarships. Simply unprecedented. Schools that Dawgs have committed to include but are not limited to- University of Tennessee, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Washington, Washington State University, Stetson University, and Cal State University Bakersfield.
Dawgs athletes, both past and present, having success at the next level is something everyone in the Dawgs organization, our fans and our community takes pride in!
Go Dawgs! Go Okotoks!