Prospects eliminate Dawgs


Aug. 3, 2018

By Tyler Lowey

Okotoks Dawgs

EDMONTON, Alta. — The Edmonton Prospects won Game 4 of the best-of-five Western Division semifinals 2-1 over the Okotoks Dawgs and eliminated them from postseason play on Friday night at RE/MAX Field.

The Prospects have now eliminated the Dawgs in each of the last three postseasons.

Game 4 saw an amazing pitching duel between a pair of college teammates.

Rich Walker kept the Dawgs at bay with two hits through seven innings and struck out four. He allowed one run, but it was unearned and picked up the win.

Abdiel Alicea (Tabor College) led the fifth off with a walk. After stealing second, he later scored on a passed ball charged to Beaux Guilbeau.

Carter Robinson (Mesa Community College) went pitch for pitch with Walker and lasted 7 2/3 innings.

Robinson gave up six hits, allowed two runs, one earned run, walked three and struck out one. He got stuck with the loss.

The Prospects responded to the early Dawgs' lead in the bottom of the fifth when they loaded the bases with two out. Eddie Sanchez (Central Arkansas University) bobbled a grounder by Anthony Cusati that allowed Zane Takhar to score.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Prospects scored the winning run after A.J. Nitzschke connected on a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tony Olson.

Mike Gahan worked the final two innings for the Prospects and struck out Nate DeChaine (Morningside College) with Will Hollis (Cisco College) on first to end the game. He picked up the save.

In the other Western Division semifinal, the Medicine Hat Mavericks beat the Lethbridge Bulls 17-4 at Spitz Stadium. The Mavericks now move on to host the Prospects in the Western Division final.

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