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Dawgs hammer Mavericks in WMBL Western Final playoffs

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According to the Western Major Baseball League website on Saturday, the Okotoks Dawgs destroyed the Medicine Hat Mavericks 21-5 in game four of the Western Major Baseball League Western Final. With the win, the Dawgs prevented being swept in the series, but still trail the best out of five series 2-1.

The Dawgs scored a remarkable 14 runs alone in the seventh inning. The Dawgs sent 17 batters to the plate in that one inning alone, and also registered 11 hits. Designated hitter Zachiary Johnson of Cranbrook, British Columbia recorded two doubles in the inning. Overall, Johnson recorded five hits, four runs and five runs batted in during six at bats.

Dawgs catcher Taylor Fish of Kearney, Nebraska also had two hits in the seventh inning. In his first at bat he had a run batted in single that scored Jerod Bartnik of Surrey, British Columbia and then in his second at bat, hit a two run home run that also scored Bartnik. Fish was one of three Dawgs to hit home runs in the seventh inning, joining Connor Crane of Parker, Colorado and Ellis Kelly of Castle Rock, Colorado. Crane also had five runs batted in.

Lost in the shuffle of the 14 run Dawgs inning was the fact that the Dawgs recorded a triple play in the top of the seventh. The Mavericks had the bases loaded with nobody out, when Mavericks right fielder Michael Olson of Moticello, Minnesota hit the ball right to Dawgs third baseman Mario Sanchez of Tucson, Arizona. Sanchez stepped on third base before the Dawgs made subsequent outs at second and first.

The Dawgs/Mavericks Western Final winner will now play the Swift Currrent Indians fort the WMBL Championship for 2014. On Saturday, the Indians swept the Regina Red Sox three games to zero with a 4-3 victory in game three of the Eastern Final series.