According to the Western Major Baseball League website, the Medicine Hat Mavericks defeated the Okotoks Dawgs 2-1 on Thursday evening from the Athletic Park in Medicine Hat in game one of the 2014 Western Major Baseball League Western Final. The Mavericks scored the winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double by first baseman Andy Scott that scored designated hitter C.J. DeDeaux.
It is interesting that the Mavericks registered their winning run from the bottom of their lineup. DeDeaux, from Turlock, California batted eighth and Scott, from Medicine Hat, Alberta, batted ninth. Scott led the Mavericks with three hits and two runs batted in. He also brought home right fielder Michael Olson of Monticello, Minnesota on a single (and a Dawgs error) in the second inning to give Medicine Hat a 1-0 lead.
The Dawgs, who play 15 minutes south of Calgary, scored their only run in the contest in the top of the fourth inning. Designated hitter Zachiary Johnson of Cranbrook, British Columbia doubled and scored leadoff batter Jordan Peterson of Gilbert, Arizona to temporarily tie the score before the Mavericks took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Mavericks had an outstanding pitching performance from Kalei Contrades of Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Contrades threw a complete game and had three strikeouts and zero walks. He also gave up five hits and only one earned run. Conor Lillis-White recorded the loss for the Dawgs.
Game two of the series will be Friday evening in Medicine Hat and can be seen on Shaw TV at 7:05 p.m. Meanwhile in the Eastern Final, the Swift Current Indians defeated the Regina Red Sox 15-13 in a high scoring affair. The Indians have a 1-0 lead in that series.The Indians had four innings where they scored three or more runs.