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Monday July 24, 2017
Photo cred: Amanda Fewer
Okotoks, AB - With seven games remaining on the schedule, including a double-header in Edmonton, the (30-11) Okotoks Dawgs are pleased to announce that the club has clinched first place in the Western division.
Coming off a perfect Saskatchewan road trip, one that saw the Dawgs win six of six games, the red and white not only have the best record in the WMBL, but are also the first team to reach the 30-win mark. Currently, the Dawgs are eight games ahead of the Prospects -- the only team that could catch them in the standings -- and would win the head-to-head tiebreaker if the two were to finish the regular season with the same record.
The 2017 campaign has been one for the record books in Okotoks. On the field, Matt Lloyd out of Indiana University is currently leading the WMBL in average, hitting .417, and is riding a franchise high 21-game hitting streak. Kody Funderburk of Dallas Baptist has blown the rest of the league out of the water when it comes to hitting home runs, his league-leading 13 blasts are four more than the second place Broderick Rodocker of Regina. At the back-end of the bullpen, Tyler Burdett of Dixie State leads the WMBL in saves with 12.
Off the field, Okotoks has boasted record breaking attendance this year, averaging around 4000 fans per game.
Playoffs will begin Tuesday, August 1, with a team to be named later. Okotoks will host the first two games of the best-of-five series.
The Dawgs host the Lethbridge Bulls tomorrow at Seaman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.