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Thursday June 15, 2017
Story by: Dustin Saracini
Medicine Hat, AB. - The (7-3) Okotoks Dawgs’ three-game winning streak came to a halt tonight in Medicine Hat, as the red and white fell to the (3-7) Mavericks, 18-7.
Eight pitchers were used for the Dawgs, including five-year veteran Brendan Rose (UBC - Calgary, AB) who threw a scoreless frame in his pitching debut.
John Hawk’s (Iowa Western) first home run of the season and a multi-hit night from Eddie Sanchez (Central Arkansas) and Zach Hanna (University of Alabama) wasn’t enough to overcome a seven-run fourth inning in their first loss to Medicine Hat this season. Prior to tonight’s clash, the Dawgs owned a 2-0 record against the Mavericks.
For the sixth time this year, Okotoks trailed early in the contest. Medicine Hat bolted out of the gates with a quick 3-0 advantage following back-to-back home runs from Caleb Longley (2) and former Dawg, Blake Rowlett (1). The Mavericks added to their lead in the bottom of the second, tacking on five runs on six singles. A seven-run fourth inning put the game to bed, gaining a 12-run edge.
“This is a game to forget, yet remember,” coach Dave Robb said following the loss.
“Forget because, in baseball, one can’t rely or dwell on what has happened in the past. Remember the feeling of getting embarrassed and work not to ever have the same feeling. Tomorrow we start the game zero, zero.”
On the other side of the ball, the Dawgs did what they could to cut into their deep deficit, but fell short.
Sanchez lined a double to centrefield in the top half of the second, setting the stage for Hawk. The Iowa product laced the Dawgs’ fifth home run in the last two nights to right field for a two-run, opposite field blast to carry his team within one. Hawk and Sanchez later produced their third and fourth run of the contest, crossing the plate off a Darius Foster (Oregon State University) two-out RBI single to right field. The base-knock brought the Dawgs within five before Medicine Hat’s seven-run outburst in the bottom half of the frame.
The Dawgs went on to add a trio of runs after a Jayse McLean (North Dakota State University) double and a pair of RBI singles from Kody Funderburk (Dallas Baptist) and Hanna, however, the offence would stall there.
Okotoks looks for the home-and-home split against Medicine Hat tomorrow at Seaman Stadium.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
BY THE NUMBERS:
John Hawk (R): 2-4, 2 RBI, HR. .313 AVG
Eddie Sanchez: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, .375 AVG
Darius Foster (R): 1-3, R, 2 RBI, .250 AVG
WP: Tanner Helms (1-0) LP: Nick Vickers (1-1)