07/01/2014 12:10 AM -
June 30, 2014
With a bit of a pep in their step from playing in front of a big home crowd, the Okotoks Dawgs (10-12) followed behind the dominance of their starting pitcher to a 7-2 win over the Melville Millionaires (9-12).
Anthony Willeford (MacMurray College) was simply commanding, throwing 8.2 innings, falling just one out short of a complete game against last year’s WMBL champions. He struck out five while only allowing two runs all game. Shawn Andersen (Douglas College) came in and got the final out for the game.
Jake Simmerman (Otterbein University) was 3-3 with a run scored and two RBIs, his league leading 26th and 27th, before leaving the game in the sixth with an ankle injury. Scott Hoyt (Colorado State – Pueblo) hit a monster two-run home run dead centre to prove his worthiness of the player of the game from the previous day.
The Dawgs ran wild on the bases, picking up seven total, including two for Connor Crane (Lamar CC), who ranks second in the league for bags swiped. The Dawgs also outhit the Millionaires 13-8.
This was the first game of a 10-game home stand for the Dawgs. Tomorrow, the Dawgs once again battled the Millionaires, who have lost four in a row. It’s the annual Canada Day game at Seaman Stadium, and based off projected ticket sales, could bring in the biggest crowd in the organization’s history. The Dawgs then host the Moose Jaw Miller Express and Saskatoon Yellow Jackets for back-to-back two game sets.
Photo: Anthony Willeford (MacMurray College) delivers a pitch during the Dawgs’ 7-2 win over the visiting Melville Millionaires. Photo by Neil Hilts.