The Dawgs did it again.
A late-game rally lifted the Western Canadian Baseball League-leading Okotoks Dawgs, as they flipped the switch late on offence to rip the hearts out of the defending champion Medicine Hat Mavericks 7-4 in the first game of the three-game set on Tuesday night.
The Okotoks side completes its fourth comeback win of the season when down heading into the final third of ball games. The last being a walk-off ninth-inning win over these same Mavs in their previous meeting.
The Medicine Hat squad jumped to an early 3-0 lead before growing their lead in the seventh to 4-0, while suffocating the Dawgs with solid defence Tuesday at Seaman Stadium.
Lewis-Clarke hurler Tanner Simpson had a balanced game during his fourth start of the season, pitching six innings while allowing three runs on six hits and fanning five, but the Dawgs pitcher had no support on offence during his outing.
The Dawgs were forced into double-plays twice during the first five innings while only mustering three hits in that span.
The Mavs seemed to have the league leaders knocked down and out and saw victory within reach, as they headed into the final three innings of the contest with a comfortable 4-0 lead, but the Dawgs answered emphatically with seven runs during the final two innings.
A sigh of relief followed by a roaring boom summed up the Dawgs’ seventh inning.
The Okotoks club was held to a mere three hits heading into the seventh inning down 4-0 before a two-out rally, that was sparked by Southeastern Community College catcher Gavin Logan, tallied the first Dawgs run of the game.
The Dawgs got on the board on just their fifth hit of the game and their first multi-hit inning of the ballgame on a long RBI-single from catcher and Dawgs Academy alumni Logan.
A few batters later, Oregon State commit Jacob Melton lobbed a three-run home run over the left-field fence that created a huge roar among the Seaman Stadium faithful. His shot tied the ball game.
The Dawgs found their familiar savage offence and continued their press during their final turn in the batter’s box.
A three-run eight-inning gave the Dawgs their first lead of the game courtesy of a two-run single from UBC infielder Jaxon Valcke, who went up with the bases juiced with no outs. A wild pitch then pushed the advantage at 7-4 in the eighth.
Mesa Junior College closer Dustin Schorie pitched the top of the eighth, getting out of a bases-loaded situation, before pitching a shutdown ninth inning to pick up his sixth save of the season.
The series continues Wednesday in Okotoks (7:05 p.m.).