By Ashley Grant
The Okotoks Dawgs (27-17) were defeated by the Medicine Hat Mavericks (23-21) on July 26 by a final score of 11-8 at Seaman Stadium (3748).
It was the last regular season home game for the Dawgs, as well as being their sixth game in six nights. However, the Dawgs got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Dawgs were back at it in the bottom of the second when they added another run, giving them a 4-0 lead early on in the game. Medicine Hat’s offense was able to finally breakthrough in the top of the third when they put up two runs on four hits, cutting the Dawgs lead in half. The Dawgs did not wait around to answer, Brendan Rose (University of British Columbia) scored after Daniel Fredrickson (Washington State University) singled in the bottom of the third. Not long after Matt Morrow (Wright State University) added another run when he came in to score, which increased the Dawgs lead to 6-2 at that point. The two clubs were held off the score board in the fourth and fifth inning, but it did not take long for the fans to see more offense. In the top of the sixth the Mavericks offense punished Dawgs’ pitchers Tyrell King (Missouri Baptist University) and Holden Lyons (Oklahoma City University), as they scored five runs and took a 7-6 lead. The Dawgs tied up the game shortly after when Kellen Marruffo (University of Utah) took the Mavericks pitcher deep, which resulted in Marruffo’s third home-run of the year. As much as the Dawgs tried to catch up, the Mavericks were consistent in adding runs each inning, adding two runs in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth. The Dawgs were unable to recover from the onslaught of runs and dropped an 11-8 decision.
Brendan Hendriks (University of San Francisco) had a productive day, as he went 2 for 4 and scored a run, while recording three RBIs. Kellen Marruffo (University of Utah) continues to be a clutch player for the Dawgs. Marruffo went 2 for 5, including a solo home-run and finished the game with two RBIs. Rounding off the batters with RBIs was Daniel Fredrickson (Washington State University). Fredrickson went 1 for 4 and recorded one RBI.
Tyrell King (Missouri Baptist University) started on the mound for the Dawgs this afternoon. King pitched 5.1 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits. King walked one batter and struck-out another. Holden Lyons came in to replace King on the mound and pitched 1.2 innings. During that time, Lyons gave up two runs on three hits, walked one and struck-out four. Dan Grazzini was called on to replace Lyons, but wouldn’t stay long on the mound. Grazzini pitched 0.2 innings and gave up two runs; he walked one batter and struck-out one. The final pitcher the Dawgs would call on would be Jeremy Newton (University of British Columbia). Newton would pitch 1.1 innings and during that time gave up two runs on two hits, walked one and struck-out one Maverick.
The Dawgs will head out on the road for four games to round out the regular season, first making a stop in Edmonton on July 28, where they will take on the Prospects.
It was the Dawgs “Wear Pink to the Park” game (Monday), raising money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) by auctioning off the player’s jerseys. It was a successful day for the foundation as over $25,000 was raised, with all proceeds going to the CBCF.