According to the Western Major Baseball League website on Tuesday, the Okotoks Dawgs have advanced to the 2014 Western Major Baseball League Western Final. Last night at Spitz Stadium in Lethbridge, the Dawgs defeated the Lethbridge Bulls 6-4 to win the Western Division semi-final series 3-2.
It was an outstanding comeback for the Dawgs, who play 15 minutes south of Calgary. The Dawgs once trailed the Western Major Baseball League's Western Division semi-final series 2-0, but stormed back to win the next three games.
Trailing 3-1 after the fourth inning, the Dawgs took the lead in the top of the fifth inning with three runs. Dawgs first baseman Connor Crane of Parker, Colorado recorded a two run single and would later come home on a wild pitch. The Bulls would then tie the game at 4 in the bottom of the fifth before the Dawgs took the lead in the seventh inning with a run and then an insurance run in the ninth inning.
In the seventh, Dawgs designated hitter Zachiary Johnson of Cranbrook, British Columbia scored on a fielder's choice. In the ninth inning, Dawgs second baseman Mark Riendeau scored on a double by left fielder Scott Hoyt of Longmont, Colorado. Crane, Hoyt and catcher Taylor Fish of Kearney, Nebraska each had three hits to lead the Dawgs in that category. Crane also led the Dawgs with two runs batted in.
Chris Sievers got the victory for the Dawgs. The native of Greeley, Colorado pitched two innings in relief for starter Tyrell King and gave up zero runs, two strikeouts, one hit and one walk.
The Dawgs will now face the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the Western Final. The Regina Red Sox meanwhile will face the Swift Current Indians in the Eastern Final. Those series will get underway on Thursday.