According to the Western Major Baseball League website, the Lethbridge Bulls defeated the Okotoks Dawgs 2-1 on Friday to take a 2-0 series lead in the Western Division semi-finals of the 2014 Western Major Baseball League playoffs. However, the Bulls needed the ninth inning to generate their runs in order to be victorious.
With a runner on first and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Bulls generated three straight singles off the bats of left fielder Bretton Gouthro of Calgary, shortstop Evan Comeau of Waverley, Nova Scotia and center fielder Cody Stewart of Temecula, California. For Stewart, it was his first hit of the game after going zero for four in his first four plate appearances. With that, a slim one run Dawgs lead was all of a sudden gone.
The Dawgs lost despite outstanding pitching performances from starting pitcher Chris Sievers of Greeley, Colorado and relief pitcher Anthony Willeford of White Hall, Illinois. Sievers threw five innings, had six strikeouts, three walks, two hits in five and two thirds scoreless innings. While Willeford threw an inning and two thirds, and despite giving up three hits and a walk, prevented the Bulls from scoring.
On the Bulls side, starting pitcher Scott Cone of Glenwood, Australia was dominant as he threw eight innings, four strikeouts and gave up zero earned runs (Dawgs run in the contest was unearned). Interestingly though it was Dylan Hastings of Vista, California, who threw the ninth inning that got the victory.
Dawgs' closer Travis McDonald of Melbourne, Australia struggled from Spitz Stadium (formerly known as Henderson Stadium), as he had a blown save and was unable to get the final out in the ninth inning. The Bulls can now sweep the series with a victory on Sunday night from Seaman Stadium in Okotoks.