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Friday August 03, 2012
The Okotoks Dawgs season came to a dramatic and screeching halt tonight as they lost Game 4 of the Western first round match up to the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the 11th inning by a score of 5-4. The Mavericks won the series 3 games to 1 and await the winner of the Swift Current and Lethbridge series.
The Dawgs played with desperation all night long as their backs were against the wall. Connor Russell, from Victoria, BC, got the start in the must-win game. Russell did everything he could tonight. He battled for five and two thirds innings, leaving the game in a sticky situation. He ended up giving up four runs. Some were scored after he came out of the game. Paul Guey, from Ohio, kept his team in the game as he went three and a third inning, surrendering no runs and striking out 5 Mavericks. Geuy electrified the crowd with four straight strikeouts between the sixth and seventh. Matt Thornton, the Dawgs closer, came in from there and pitched two strong innings but ended up being the losing pitcher giving up 1 run.
The Dawgs offence found them in a bull fight tonight. They struggled early in the game against left-handed starter Andrew Shoemaker. They were able to chase him in the sixth inning, and broke out for three runs, tying the game late. There were many substitutions due to injuries and getting proper matchups tonight. John Apostolo came up huge for the Dawgs with a pinch-hit RBI in the seventh. He almost ended the game with a walk off home run, but was just foul.
The fans got their money’s worth tonight out of the game as it contained a lot of excitement and drama. It was a wildly wretched way to bid farewell to the 2012 Okotoks Dawgs. The Dawgs organization would like to thank all the fans, sponsors and families that were apart of this fantastic season! See you all next year!