Dawgs run out of gas in Game 1
Baseball: Med Hat rallies for a 5-2
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 11:38 am
The Okotoks Dawgs’ hopes of drawing first blood in the Western final playoff series were shot down by the Medicine Hat Mavericks’ late rally.
The Mavericks won Game 1 of the best of five games series by scoring three runs in the seventh and an insurance run in the eighth for the 5-2 victory Tuesday in Medicine Hat.
Okotoks was in command, leading 2-1 after six innings.
The Dawgs got on the scoreboard right away when Zac Asman doubled in Thomas Rodrigues in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead.
The Mavs would tie the game in the bottom of the second.
Okotoks took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the sixth when Cade Gotta walked to bring in Zac Asman.
The Dawg had a chance for a lot more. However, team leader in home runs, Sean Kettering, got just under the ball and popped up to the shortstop to end the inning with the bases loadwd.
Meanwhile, Dawgs starter Tom Zarosinski was brilliant on the bump. He allowed two runs in his 6 1/3 innings, before giving way to the bullpen.
The usually ultra-reliable bullpen was not up to snuff, allowing a three run blast to Mavs’ slugger Joel Lutz to give the Hat a 4-2 lead. They would add one more in the eighth for the 5-2 victory.
The Dawgs had their chances, leaving eight men on base.
Codi Scanlon took the loss for the Dawgs. Les Northcott picked up the win for the Mavs. Asman went 2-4 with a RBI and run scored to lead the Dawgs’ attack.
Okotoks will have a chance to tie the series tonight when Aaron Conyers takes the mound tonight in the Gas City. Conyers had a solid effort in his last outing, striking out 12 in a playoff victory over the Lethbridge Bulls last Friday.
Game 3 is Aug. 8 at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks at 7 p.m.. Chris Villalobos is expected to start for the Dawgs.