The Okotoks Dawgs have the early advantage in their Western Division Semi-Final Series.
On Saturday night at Seaman Stadium, the Dawgs defeated the Lethbridge Bulls 6-3 to take a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-five affair.
The Dawgs got on the Bulls’ starter Chris Walker early in this one. Leading 1-0 in the first, designated hitter Bryce Baugh recorded a single that scored two runs. Catcher Mike Maddle followed Baugh with an RBI double and right fielder Deaun Williams followed Maddle with an RBI triple.
With the Dawgs up by a commanding five run total after the first inning, it seemed that the Bulls didn’t have the overall energy to come back.
Another key part of the ball game came in the bottom of the fifth. After the Bulls pulled within two runs to make the score 5-3, Bulls’ shortstop Tanner Craswell made a key error that allowed first baseman Kasey Coffman to reach base. He would later score on an error by Walker and a pass ball.
Dawgs’ starter Jared Rogers from Flemington, New Jersey, had a quality start, as he pitched seven innings and only gave up two earned runs.
Game two of the series is today in Okotoks at 2pm.