08/03/2014 12:40 AM -
For immediate release:
August 2nd, 2014
Lethbridge, AB... In a game that the Okotoks Dawgs (0-2) led from the second inning all the way until the second last out of the game, a tough play at first base was the deciding factor that helped push the Lethbridge Bulls (2-0) to a 2-1 walk-off win and gave them a stranglehold on the best-of-five series.
Okotoks scored in the second inning off an error and led 1-0 until the bottom of the ninth with two outs left. A check swing by Bretton Gouthro of the Bulls dribbled to third and Mario Sanchez threw to first, but Gouthro was called safe by the first base umpire. The next two batters singled, giving the Bulls a walk-off win.
Both teams' offense were stifled by the opposition's starting pitching. Chris Sievers (Northeastern JuCo) threw five innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just two hits and striking out six. In 1.2 innings of work, Anthony Willeford (MacMurray College) kept the Bulls off the board and Travis McDonald (University of Arkansas - Little Rock) was solid up until the final out was to be recorded and gave up two runs. For the Bulls, Scott Cone threw eight innings of one-run ball and got out of plenty of jams.
For the second night in a row, the Dawgs offence could only muster one run. Mario Sanchez (Colorado State University - Pueblo) was 2-3 with two infield singles, while four other Dawgs managed just one hit.
The series shifts back to Okotoks tomorrow for what could be a deciding game three. Game time is 7:05 PM at Seaman Stadium, and the Dawgs will have to fight to keep their season alive.