July 24, 2018
By Tyler Lowey
EDMONTON, Alta. — The Okotoks Dawgs held off the Edmonton Prospects 5-3 on Tuesday night at RE/MAX Field.
The Dawgs (30-12) entered the bottom of the ninth up 5-1 with Jesse Coleman (Weber International University) on the mound. Coleman gave up a pair of runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Craig Smith (Columbia College) came on for Coleman and only needed to register one out to set a franchise single-season record with his 14th save. Last year’s closer, Tyler Burdett, set the old benchmark at 13.
The Dawgs have now won six in a row.
Neither starter saw their record impacted by this ball game in the final regular season matchup between the two clubs.
Cole Jenkins (Lyon College) made his second start of the season and threw five shutout innings and didn’t record a strikeout.
Edgar Barclay went one inning longer than Jenkins and also earned a no-decision after he struck out four batters.
In the sixth, the Prospects (19-21) got to Jenkins’ replacement Alex Jones (Niagara University) with one out when Zane Tahkar singled to centre and drove in Tony Olson for the first run of the game.
The Dawgs returned the favour in the seventh, when got to Barclay’s replacement Drew Scott, who dropped to 0-2, after he completed one inning and allowed four earned runs.
Richard Mascarenas (Linn-Benton Community College) started the scoring when he crushed a one-out triple. Ryan Humeniuk (Indian Hills Community College) followed that up with an RBI double to left field.
After a Riley Baasch (Bellevue University) walk, Marcus Skundrich (Mesa Community College) chopped a single through the infield to score Humeniuk.
Collin Ridout (Tennessee Wesleyan University) reached on an error by the second basemen Olson, which allowed pinch runner Danny Donnelly (Chandler-Gilbert Community College) to score. Eddie Sanchez (Central Arkansas University) scored Skundrich on a fielder’s choice and Ridout came around to score on an infield single by Will Hollis (Cisco College).
The offensive outburst earned Jones his first win of the season and is now 1-1. The Dawgs won the season series 7-1 over the Prospects.