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Dawgs force elimination game

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According to the Western Major Baseball League website, the Okotoks Dawgs defeated the Lethbridge Bulls 4-2 on Monday evening at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks in game four of the Western Major Baseball League's Western Division semi-final. With the victory, the Dawgs have tied the series at two games apiece and have forced a fifth and deciding game in the series this evening in Lethbridge.

With game four tied at two runs apiece in the eighth inning, Dawgs right fielder Jerod Bartnik of Surrey, British Columbia hit a two run double that scored pinch runner Blake Patterson of Calgary, Alberta and first baseman Connor Crane of Parker, Colorado. Crane meanwhile led the Dawgs with two runs and two hits.

Dawgs pitcher Shawn Andersen picked up the win. Andersen pitched five innings of relief, struck out five batters, gave up only one hit, one walk and zero earned runs. It was an outstading pitching performance for Andersen when you consider the difficult situation he was brought into. It is simply never easy to be at your best when your team is facing elimination.

Another reason for the Dawgs victory in game four of the series was team defense. The Bulls committed three errors, while the Dawgs committed none. An error by Bulls shortstop Evan Comeau was responsible for a Dawgs run in the seventh inning and catcher obstruction by Travis Steinke led to the two winning unearned runs by the Dawgs in the eighth inning. Bulls third baseman Nolan Bumstead also committed an error in the fourth inning.

The winner of the Dawgs and Bulls Western Division semi-final will play the Medicine Hat Mavericks. On Monday night, the Mavericks defeated the Moose Jaw Miller Express 6-1 to win the other Western Division semi-final 3-1. In the Eastern Division semi-finals, the Regina Red Sox and Swift Current Indians each advanced to round two. The Red Sox defeated the Yorkton Cardinals 4-2 to win their series 3-0 and the Indians defeated the Weyburn Beavers 3-1 to win their series 3-1.