According to the Western Major Baseball League website, the Lethbridge Bulls defeated the Okotoks Dawgs 5-1 in game one of the Western Major Baseball League's Western Division semi-final on Friday. With the win, the Bulls now have a 1-0 lead in the best out of five series.
A major reason for the Bulls' success was the outstanding hitting performance by catcher Travis Steinke of Red Deer, Alberta. The catcher from the University of Arkansas Monticello, went three for four with a home run and two runs batted in. The Bulls also got a great pitching performance from Calgary native Alex Regan. The lefthander from the University of Mount Olive threw a complete game, struck out eight, walked two batters and only gave up one earned run.
The Bulls actually lost 5-1 to the Dawgs to close out the 2014 Western Major Baseball League regular season on Wednesday night at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks, 15 minutes south of Calgary. The game was notable because Dawgs' player Mark Riendeau of Carlsbad, California played an inning at every defensive position.
The Bulls had the best record in the 2014 Western Major Baseball League regular season at 31-15. They were one full game better than the Regina Red Sox at 30-16. The Dawgs meanwhile finished in third place at 24-22, but are seeded fourth overall in the Western Division come playoff time because the Moose Jaw Miller Express transferred from the Central Division to the Western Division come playoff time. Moose Jaw actually had the same record as the Dawgs at 24-22 and got the tie-breaker.
The Bulls and the Dawgs will play game two of their series on Saturday night. The game can be seen on Shaw Television.
In other action, the Swift Current Indians defeated the Weyburn Indians 6-1 and the Medicine Hat Mavericks defeated the Moose Jaw Miller Express 4-3. The Yorkton Cardinals and Regina Red Sox were postponed.