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Sunday July 23, 2017
Photo cred: Amanda Fewer
The Okotoks Dawgs (29-11) end their two-game set against the (27-14) Regina Red Sox today, July 22. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05pm.
In an absolute clash of the titans -- one that saw the best in the East up against the top ranked club in the West -- the Dawgs scored in bunches in a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox. Liam Stroud (UBC - Maple Ridge, BC) was tasked with limiting one of the most potent offences in the WMBL tonight, and the UBC product did just that. In his first start since June 29 in Lethbridge, Stroud tossed five innings of shutout baseball -- his longest outing of the campaign. Number 25 struck out three Red Sox, allowing just one hit on the night. It was more than a quality appearance for the veteran Dawg, as Regina came into the game leading the league in hits, runs, batting average, doubles and RBI.
With their fifth straight win, the red and white are now seven games ahead of the second place Edmonton Prospects in the West. Our magic number is two to clinch first place.
KNOW YOUR STARTER
Okotoks goes for the sweep of the Saskatchewan road trip today, taking two games in Yorkton, Melville, and game one of two against the Red Sox. Chris Horvath gets the ball and is looking to bounce back after his last start in Medicine Hat. His record currently stands at 3-2 with a 5.01 ERA. Four of five wins so far on the road trip have gone to the starting pitcher.
The Dawgs have now hit 40 home runs on the year after Aderly Perez hit his first last night. Okotoks continue to be a threat for the long ball up and down the lineup, having 11 players hit at least one home run in 2017.
KNOW THE RED SOX
It will be a battle between first place teams in the East and West tonight when the first pitch flies at Currie Field. Regina comes into the contest riding a six-game winning streak. The Red Sox currently lead the WMBL in runs (317), hits (453), doubles (96), RBI (278), average (.310) and are second in home runs (30). Defensively, Regina is second in the WMBL in ERA (3.72).
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.
HITTING IS CONTAGIOUS
Aderly Perez: Four-game hitting streak
Zach Hanna: Five-game hitting streak
Eddie Sanchez: Six-game hitting streak
Kody Funderburk: Six-game hitting streak [10 hits over that span, HR] [18 multi-hit games]
Matt Lloyd: 20-game hitting streak [37 hits over that span] - [19 multi-hit games - Five consecutive]
Aderly Perez (R): 1-2, R, 2 RBI, HR, .500 AVG [Last night in Regina]
Matt Lloyd: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, .400 AVG [Last night in Regina]
The Dawgs have a day off tomorrow before hosting the Lethbridge Bulls, July 25. First pitch flies at 7:05pm.