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GAME NOTES: Dawgs at Mavericks

Thursday July 27, 2017

 Photo cred: Amanda Fewer 

The Okotoks Dawgs (31-13) travel to Medicine Hat to take on the Mavericks (24-20) today, July 27, in their last road game of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

With a 3-2 lead in the ninth last night, the Edmonton Prospects stole a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dawgs, sweeping the two-game series. The offence from Edmonton plated two off a trio of singles to earn their second win of the day. For the Dawgs, starter Justin Vernia settled in nicely after the first frame, throwing seven innings of two-run baseball in the no-decision. At one point, the Gonzaga product retired 13 straight Prospects. Matt Lloyd stretched his hitting streak to 24 games in the loss, going 1-4 on the night. Justin King collected his first multi-hit game of 2017, finishing the contest 2-3.

With a win against Medicine Hat tonight, the Dawgs would have a winning record against the rest of the division. Okotoks is currently 4-3 against the Mavericks, 5-3 against the Lethbridge Bulls, 5-0 versus the Brooks Bombers, 3-1 against the Fort McMurray Giants and 5-3 while taking on the Edmonton Prospects. Against the East, the red and white are 9-3 in 2017.

Ethan Fox will be making his debut in the starting rotation, having only come out of the bullpen in 2017. Through 4.2 innings of work, the Douglas College product holds a 7.71 ERA. Greg Student from the Dawgs Academy will also get his first collegiate start in right field.

Now that the Dawgs have clinched a spot in the postseason, our playoff tickets are now on sale! All nine-game playoff packages will be $180. Individual playoff tickets are now available online for the first two games of the opening series, August 1 and 2. Playoff patio bookings are available, please call Angie Cox at 403 262 3294 for details.

Eddie Sanchez: Nine-game hitting streak
Kody Funderburk: 10-game hitting streak [15 hits over that span, 2 HR] [Leads WMBL in HR with 13]
Matt Lloyd: 24-game hitting streak [44 hits over that span] [Leads WMBL with .399 AVG]

Matt Lloyd: 59-148, 44 R, 15 2B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, .399 RBI

Eddie Sanchez: 44-125, 34 R, 10 SB, 19 RBI, .352 RBI

The Dawgs finish the regular season with a three-game homestand from July 28-30. Fort McMurray comes to town Friday and Sunday while we host Brooks on Saturday.

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