08/01/2013 1:00 AM
Okotoks, Alberta… Despite being the higher seed and favourite in the playoff series, the Okotoks Dawgs (0-1) did not play like one of the top teams in the league, as they were pummeled 19-3 by the Lethbridge Bulls (1-0).
The league’s leading offense was shutdown, and the Dawgs pitching was feasted upon. Starter Tom Zarosinski (George Fox University) struggled, throwing just 3 2/3 innings while allowing six runs. Unfortunately, it was an off night for most of the Dawgs bullpen, as well. Ben Manley (Butte College) has seen his game improving as of late and was the lone bright spot in the rotation, pitching two scoreless innings.
David Hole (Thompson Rivers University) continued his hot hitting against Lethbridge, going 3-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and two RBIs. The Dawgs only mustered four other hits, totaling seven, compared to the Bulls’ total of 21. The underdogs shocked the Dawgs, but this could pose as a great wake-up call and spark the Dawgs’ fire within.
The Dawgs will look to regroup tomorrow in game two, which will be at 7:05 PM at Seaman Stadium. Hayden Cleveland (Franklin College), who tied for the league lead in wins this past season, starts for the Dawgs and looks to even up the series