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Mavericks eliminate Dawgs from WMBL playoffs

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According to the Western Major Baseball League website on Sunday, the Medicine Hat Mavericks defeated the Okotoks Dawgs 7-5 in game four of the Western Major Baseball League's Western Division Final. With the victory, the Mavericks won the series 3-1 and will now play the Swift Current Indians in the Western Major Baseball League Final.

It was a great comeback for the Mavericks because they were down 5-1 after four innings. But Medicine Hat responded with two runs each in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. In the top of the eighth inning, Mavericks third baseman Garrett Wiese of Consort, Alberta hit a two out single that scored catcher C.J. DeDeaux of Turlock, California and first baseman Andy Scott of Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Offensively, Scott led the Mavericks with three runs. Wiese led the Mavericks with three runs batted in and three hits.

Another major reason for the Mavericks success on Sunday was their strong bullpen. Bryce Feia of Avon, Minnesota, Jon Rand of San Francisco, California and Myles Richards of Beaverton, Oregon pitched 5 1/3 innings in relief of starting pitcher Kenton Schroter of Nanaimo, British Columbia and did not give up an earned run. Feia, who got the win, had three strikeouts to help the Mavericks advance to the WMBL Final.

It was once again an outstanding crowd at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks. A crowd of 3245 watched the game 15 minutes south of Calgary. The Dawgs had an unbelievable attendance all season long. The franchise had 65,012 fans attend their 23 regular season home games. The Lethbridge Bulls were second in the Western Major Baseball League at 18,009 fans. The difference of 47,003 fans is simply staggering.

In the championship series, the Indians will have home field advantage. Swift Current had a regular season record of 28-18, while Medicine Hat was at 25-21.

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