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Thursday December 29, 2011
The Okotoks Dawgs have partnered with the University of British Columbia, as 2012 will see several Thunderbirds come to Okotoks to wear Dawgs colors for the summer, including 4 pitchers.
Matt Thornton is a 6’5’’, 215 lb right-handed pitcher from Campbell River, BC. Thornton is in his sophomore year at UBC, and 2012 will be his 2nd summer with the Dawgs. Matt came to the Dawgs from Vancouver Island Baseball Institute in 2011, only to have his summer cut short due to injury after 8 appearances out of the Dawgs bullpen.
Thornton says the decision to come back to the Dawgs wasn’t a difficult one,
"After one of the greatest baseball experiences of my life last summer, I am looking forward to returning to the Dawgs again this summer to help contribute to a championship!"
Matt Trimble is a 6’2’’, 225 lb left-handed pitcher from Coquitlam, BC. He is in his freshman year at UBC. Before beginning his collegiate career at UBC, Trimble was a standout for the Coquitlam Reds of the BCPBL for four seasons, from 2008 to 2011.
Trimble has experience on the national and international levels. Matt won gold medals with British Columbia at the 2009 and 2010 Canada Cup, and spent time with Team Canada’s Junior National Team in 2011.
Alex Graham is a 5’11’’, 170 lb right-handed pitcher from North Vancouver, BC. Graham is a freshman at UBC, who also starred in the BCPBL before moving on to UBC, pitching for the Vancouver Cannons in 2010 and the North Shore Twins in 2011 . Alex was also a member of BC’s 2010 Canada Cup gold medal winning team.
Danny Britton-Foster is a 6’2’’, 215 lb right-handed pitcher from Ladysmith, BC. A senior at UBC, Britton Foster’s name may be familiar to Dawgs fans, as 2012 will be his third season with the Dawgs, having played in Okotoks in 2009 and 2010. He signed with the Dawgs for 2011 but missed the summer due to injury.
In his 2 years with the Dawgs, “DBF” has a 7-3 record and 2.20 ERA in 15 appearances, 12 starts. In 77.2 innings, he has allowed 73 hits and just 12 walks while recording 58 strikeouts.
Britton-Foster is excited about his return to Okotoks,
“I'm thrilled to be coming back. Taking this summer off of baseball was difficult but necessary for my shoulder to get healthy again. I've had two summers with the Dawgs already and they have both been the most exciting baseball experiences I've had. The fans, the staff, and the team creates an atmosphere unlike any other and I'm glad that I can come back and be a part of that again.”
The Dawgs are thrilled to welcome these four UBC Thunderbirds into the Dawgs family, and in the case of Britton-Foster and Thornton, welcome them back in 2012. Look for the additions of some T-Bird hitters to the Dawgs lineup very soon.