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GAME NOTES: Dawgs at Millionaires

Thursday July 20, 2017

Photo by Angela Burger

The Okotoks Dawgs (26-11) head to Melville for a two-game set against the (11-27) Millionaires today, July 20. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

The Dawgs stayed perfect on their Saskatchewan road trip, sweeping the series against the Yorkton Cardinals and taking game two, 14-5. A five-run second inning, highlighted by Ryan Humeniuk’s first home run of the season paved the way to victory. The Okotoks product finished the contest with four RBI. Behind him, Matt Lloyd extended his hitting streak to 17 games with his sixth home run of the campaign before his former Iowa Western teammate, Zach Hanna barrelled his second of 2017 over the wall. Greg Cullen finished the night a home run shy of the cycle, collecting a season-high four hits.

The 35 home runs the Dawgs have hit as a team are the most since their inception into the league in 2007 -- with 10 games remaining. In 2011, the red and white clubbed 32 overall. Kody Funderburk continues to put himself into Dawgs record books, belting a league-leading 12, while Lloyd and Jayse McLean both have six.

Currently, the Melville Millionaires sit in fifth in the East, 11th overall in the WMBL. Their offence ranks last in the league in hits and batting average. They rank fourth in home runs and are a menace on the base paths, tallying 66 stolen bases, behind just the Swift Current 57’s. Pitching wise, Melville sports a 5.59 ERA, 9th in the WMBL. Since 2010, the Dawgs are 9-5 against Melville.

Now that the Dawgs have clinched a playoff spot, our playoff tickets are now on sale! From July 15-21, season ticket holders will pay $135 ($15/game). Non-season ticket holders will pay $180 ($20/game). After July 21, however, all playoff packages will be $180. Individual playoff ticket sales will be available online once the playoff schedule is released. Playoff patio bookings are available, please call Angie Cox at 403 262 3294 for details.

John Hawk: Three-game hitting streak
Zach Hanna: Three-game hitting streak
Aderly Perez: Three-game hitting streak
Eddie Sanchez: Three-game hitting streak
Kody Funderburk: Four-game hitting streak [6 hits over that span, HR]
Matt Lloyd: 17-game hitting streak [33 hits over that span]

Zach Hanna (R): 37-114, 17 R, 10 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 325 AVG

Greg Cullen (R): 39-108, 27 R, 9 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 25 RBI, .361 AVG

Matt Lloyd: 48-117, 35 R, 13 2B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, .410 AVG [Leads WMBL in AVG]

The Dawgs end their two-game set with the Melville Millionaires tomorrow, July 21. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.

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