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Dawgs lose season opener in Medicine Hat

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According to the Western Major Baseball League website on Sunday, the Okotoks Dawgs, who play their home games twenty minutes south of Calgary, lost their 2014 Western Major Baseball League season opener in a 4-2 decision to the Medicine Hat Mavericks. The Dawgs were unable to hold on to a tight 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, as the Mavericks scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Despite giving up three hits in an inning and two thirds of work, Bryce Feia of Avon, Minnesota recorded the victory. The product of Concordia College out of Minnesota did record a strikeout for the Mavericks who were also playing in their first game to begin the Western Major Baseball League season.

The Mavericks were led offensively by second baseman Blake Rowlett of Clarksville, Tennessee and catcher Brody Hawkins of Vancouver, British Columbia. Rowlett had two hits and two runs batted in and Hawkins scored two runs.

The Mavericks also had a fine starting pitching performance from starting pitcher Andrew Geese of Saginaw, Michigan. The southpaw, who like Feia also throws lefthanded, had a spectacular strikeout to walk ratio of nine to one. Geese also gave up only two hits and recorded zero earned runs in five and two thirds innings of work.

The Dawgs lost even though they out hit the Mavericks six to five and recorded zero errors, compared to the two errors the Mavericks made. The only Dawg who registered a multi-hit game was catcher Spencer Church of Windsor, Ontario who recorded two hits.

The Dawgs will next play in Edmonton against the Prospects on Tuesday, June 3. They will then play again in Medicine Hat on Wednesday, June 4, before hosting the Medicine Hat Mavericks at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks on Thursday, June 5. Game time is 7:05 p.m. mountain time.

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