Dawgs must win tonight
Baseball: Mavs sweep at home with 7-4 victory last night
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 08, 2013 09:43 am
The Okotoks Dawgs are hoping there really is no place like home.
The Dawgs go into Game 3 of the Western Major Baseball League best-of-five semifinal tonight in Okotoks down 2-0 after losing 7-4 last night in Medicine Hat.
The Dawgs fell behind 3-0 early in the game but were able to battle back to tie the game with three runs in the top of the third.
Jerod Bartnik got the Dawgs on the board when he doubled in Ryan Serrato who had walked in front of him.
Bartnik would score on a Maverick error off the bat of Emilio Torrez who advanced to second. Torrez later scored on a single by Zac Asman.
The Mavericks showed why they have only lost one game in Medicine Hat all year. They exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The big blow came on a two-out single with the bases juiced by Guillaume Gingras to score two runs.
Okotoks would hang one run on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh on a sac fly by David Hole to bring in Asman. That would be as close as they would get as Mavs relief pitcher Jacob Webb came in and stymied the Dawgs’ bats in the final two innings.
The Dawgs were held to six hits, with Josh Myers leading the way with a pair of singles.
Ryan Castadio picked up the win, striking out eight in his five innings pitched. Dawgs starter Aaron Conyers had the loss.
The Dawgs must win tonight to keep the series alive. Chris Villalobos is tentatively scheduled to get the start for Okotoks at Seaman Stadium. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Game 5, if needed, is Friday at 7 p.m. in Okotoks.