Loss To Dawgs
By John Short

Four of the five Okotoks Dawg standouts selected for the Western Canadian Baseball League all-star game today at RE/MAX Field put their skills on prominent display Saturday night, pacing a 15-2 victory over the Edmonton Prospects in game marred by rain for at least the last six innings.

But a first-inning injury prevented teammate Jaxon Valcke from joining the Okotoks hit parade. He fouled a pitch off his right leg and was escorted off the field. He did not return.

In Valcke’s absence, Liam Rihela, Rich Mascarenas, Tristian Peters and Davis Todosichuk combined for six hits in 14 at-bats and were featured in a scoring spree of 14 runs in the last six innings. T.J. Patterson drove home five runs, including four in the last inning after an early rain-dampened crowd of about 1,000 had shrunk to a few hundred.

The bats sprouted to life in the fourth inning, immediately after lefty Nick Vickers was relieved by Graham Brunner. He got credit for the win, doing his bit to keep the Prospects deeply immersed in their recent hitting slump.

Peters set the tone for the evening with a leadoff homer against Prospects starter Austin Harrington. A double by Javier Ramirez and three consecutive walks by Vickers allowed Edmonton to tie the score in its half of the inning. Edmonton’s only other run came in the seventh, long after the result had been settled.