Dawgs drop first home series

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June 29, 2018

By Tyler Lowey

Okotoks Dawgs

Okotoks, AB — The Melville Millionaires pounded out 15 hits to complete the sweep of the Okotoks Dawgs on Friday night at Seaman Stadium with a 10-3 victory.

The Dawgs (14-8) gave up a season high in hits despite starting one of the top pitchers in the Western Major Baseball League.

Cody Ebert (Columbia College) got touched up for the first time this season. In seven innings, he gave up 11 hits, six earned runs, one walk and struck out five. He picked up his first loss of the season and is now 3-1.

Justin Braziel and Nik Pagan, the No. 2 and 3 hitters for the Millionaires (8-14), teamed up for seven hits and six RBIs.

The loudest of the seven hits came off the bat of Braziel, when he ripped his fourth home run of the year to put the Millionaires up 5-2 in the fifth.

Dawgs Academy product Nate Doleman was 1-for-3 with a walk, one RBI, one stolen base and two runs scored for the Millionaires.

The bullpen didn’t fare much better for the Dawgs. Jordan Pepper (Seward County Community College) gave up four earned runs without recording an out.

Nate DeChaine (Morningside College) carried the Dawgs offensively, as he picked up two of the five hits. He singled in the first and doubled in the third. He also scored one run.

The Dawgs scratched one across in the second when Riley Baasch (Bellevue University) walked, made it around the bases on a couple of errors and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Ryan Humeniuk (Indian Hills Community College). Baasch walked three times and scored a pair of runs.

J.T. Patterson (Bellevue University) made his first start since June 10, as he was sidelined nearly three weeks with a hamstring injury. In the eighth, he ripped his third double off the right field wall to score Baasch.

The Dawgs leading hitter, Will Hollis (Cisco Community College), returned from his two-game absence. He went 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Case Rolen went five innings for the Millionaires, gave up a pair of earned runs, walked five and struck out three as his record improved to 2-3.