According to the Western Major Baseball League website on Friday, the Medicine Hat Mavericks are only one win away from advancing to the 2014 Western Major Baseball League Final. In game two of the Western Division Final, the Mavericks blanked the Okotoks Dawgs 4-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.
The Mavericks once again received an outstanding pitching performance. After Hawaiian native Kalei Contrades was brilliant in game one of the series with a complete game five hitter on Thursday, Mavericks pitchers once again confused the Dawgs bats on Friday. J.P. Stevenson of New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island threw seven innings, struck out five batters, and gave up two hits and a walk, while Myles Richards of Beaverton, Oregon pitched two shutout innings in relief, recorded two strikeouts and gave up one hit.
Offensively, the Mavericks were led by leadoff hitter and second baseman Blake Rowlett of Clarksville, Tennessee and shortstop Jose Cruz of Bronx, New York who notched two hits each to lead Medicine Hat in that category. Center fielder Bryan Arthur of Abbotsford, British Columbia led the Mavericks with two runs.
The Mavericks registered their game winning run in the bottom of the second inning. Cruz drove home Arthur on a run batted in single with two outs. Arthur got on base from a hit by pitch, stole second base and then scored with the help from Cruz.
In order for the Dawgs to get back into the series, they will have to find a way to hit the baseball. As a team they only had three hits in game two. That is simply not enough to win a baseball game.
Game three of the best of five series will take place Saturday evening at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks, 15 minutes south of Calgary. The game can be seen on Shaw Television starting at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the Swift Current Indians defeated the Regina Red Sox 7-5. The Indians now lead the Red Sox 2-0 in the Eastern Division Final.