Loss In Okotoks
By John Short
Tristan Peters, Jaxon Valcke and Liam Rihela combined for nine runs and scored 6 runs Thursday as the Okotoks Dawgs flattened the Edmonton Prospects 11-6 in a Western Canadian Baseball League game before about 2,300 fans.
Leadoff man Peters collected four hits and played a prominent role in most Okotoks rallies. Valcke had two doubles among his three hits and Rihela provided a two-run homer. In all, Okotoks piled up 11 hits, compared with four for the Prospects.
Once again, Edmonton’s starting pitching was victimized in the early going. Starter Matt Erikson gave up two runs in each of the first two innings, starting with a doubles by Valcke and Peters around a walk to Brett Esau. One inning later, a walk to Davis Todosichuk and a Peters single led to more difficulty. Erikson was charged with five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Biggest inning for Okotoks was the seventh. Hadon Dow, the third Edmonton pitcher, was hit for four unearned runs. After a two-out error by shortstop Javier Ramirez opened the door, Jordan Mambuje’s double was a key blow.
The Prospects managed only four hits and fanned 11 times in seven impressive innings by Dawgs starter Nolan Ruff.
A three-run homer by Travis Hunt scored Katsu Takahashi and Eric Crain in the fourth inning. Edmonton also scored three in the eighth, Takahashi and Pierce Blohowiak were doubled home by Crain, who later scored on a wild pitch.