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Dawgs prevent elimination in beating Bulls

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According to the Western Major Baseball League website on Sunday, the Okotoks Dawgs defeated the Lethbridge Bulls 3-2 in game three of the Western Major Baseball League's Western Division semi-final series. With the victory, the Dawgs continued the series, but still trail two games to one, heading into game four this evening at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks, fifteen minutes south of Calgary.

The Dawgs scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning. Trailing 1-0 to the Bulls, Dawgs center fielder Jordan Peterson of Gilbert, Arizona hit a double that scored Dawgs right fielder Jerod Bartnik of Surrey, British Columbia to tie the score at one run apiece.

Peterson then advanced to third base on a wild pitch and then reached home on a RBI ground out by Dawgs second baseman Mark Riendeau of Carlsbad, California to put the Dawgs up 2-1. The Dawgs then took a two run lead when the Bulls made a fielding error after designated hitter Zachiary Johnson of Cranbrook, British Columbia got a base hit while Dawgs shortstop Ellis Kelly was on base.

The Dawgs also got an outstanding pitching performance from Conor Lillis-White of Toronto, Ontario. Lillis-White threw seven innings, struck out ten Bulls batters, walked one, gave up nine hits and had zero earned runs. Dawgs closer Travis McDonald of Melbourne, Australia picked up the save after struggling on Saturday night in game two of the series in Lethbridge.

In other Western Major Baseball League action Sunday, the Moose Jaw Miller Express defeated the Medicine Hat Mavericks 6-1, the Regina Red Sox defeated the Yorkton Cardinals 3-1 and the Weyburn Beavers defeated the Swift Current Indians 10-2. The Mavericks and Indians still lead their respective series 2-1, while the Red Sox lead the Cardinals 2-0. All four playoff series in the Western Major Baseball League will continue Monday.