The Dawgs 18U Black had an outstanding weekend of baseball, sweeping the Vauxhall Academy Jets in a four game, home and home series.
This weekend was not the first time this season that the Dawgs and Jets have squared off against each other. Earlier this year at the prestigious Best of the West Tournament, after knocking off the highly regarded Langley Blaze 11-2 in the semi-final, the Dawgs beat Vauxhall 14-2 in the Championship game to capture their second title in the last three years.
Both teams had been on the road for the majority of the early 2018 season, but the weather in Alberta was outstanding all weekend and set the stage for a perfect home and home series featuring two of the top high school programs in the country.
On Saturday in Vauxhall, the Dawgs rode outstanding pitching and clutch hitting to come from behind and win game one by a score of 5-2. In game two, it was a repeat of Best of the West as the Dawgs offense was relentless pounding out 7 home runs and 15 hits to power the Dawgs to a lop sided 15-5 victory.
On Sunday in Okotoks, in a tight pitchers duel, the Dawgs got it done winning their fourth straight game against Vauxhall by a score of 3-2. In game two on Sunday, the Dawgs offense was scrappy and found a way to manufacture 5 runs to sweep the season series with a 5-2 victory.
The Dawgs finish the 2018 season with a perfect 5-0 record against Vauxhall, outscoring the Jets by a score of 42-13 in those five games and improving to 8-2 in the last 10 games, including a victory by the Dawgs 18U Red last year.
Top Pitching Performances:
Graham Brunner – 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks
Brendan Logan – CG, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks
Ryan Olchoway – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Jordan Lussier – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 Ks
Jackson Fraser – 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Top Offensive Performances:
Cesar Valero – 4 for 11 including 3 home runs and 6 RBIs
LaRon Smith – 5 for 12 with 5 RBIs
Tristan Peters – 6 for 13 with 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored
Ayden Makarus – 4 for 12 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs
Dawgs 18U Black took the lead late and defeated Vauxhall 5-2 on Saturday. The game was tied at two with the Dawgs batting in the top of the ninth when Tristan Peters singled on a 1-2 count, scoring the winning run. The Dawgs would add two more runs in the frame to make it a 5-2 final.
Jordan Lussier earned the win out of the bullpen for the Dawgs. He allowed one hit and zero runs over three and a third innings, striking out seven and walking one.
Ryan Olchoway started the game and pitched five innings while allowing 1 earned run on 6 hits, with three strike outs while walking only one.
Noah Geekie threw 2/3 of an inning in relief out of the bullpen to bridge the gap between Olchoway and Lussier, striking out one and walking one.
The Dawgs managed to tally seven hits in the game with LaRon Smith leading the way after going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Micah McDowell, who recently verbally committed to top ranked NCAA Program, Oregon State University, went 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored, Tristan Peters went 1 for 4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored and Alejandro Cazorla went 1 for 4 with 1 run scored.
Dawgs 18U Black went on an offensive rampage in game two pounding out a 15-5 victory over Vauxhall on Saturday.
Offensively, Team Canada standout, Cesar Valero, led the Dawgs at the plate going 4-for-4 in an amazing performance at the plate.Valero homered in the second, singled in the fourth, homered in the sixth, and homered again to put an exclamation point on the victory, in the seventh.
Outstanding rookie lefty and University of Washington commit, Matt Wilkinson, started the game for the Dawgs pitching four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out four.
The relentless Dawgs offense was on point, tallying 15 hits on the day. Highlights included the Dawgs smashing seven home runs and two doubles. Cesar Valero hit three home runs and drove in six runs, Ayden Makarus hit two home runs while driving in three, Jack Marlin hit a HR with three RBIs, and Alejandro Cazorla hit one HR with one RBI and one run scored.
Both teams featured outstanding pitching performances on Sunday, but Dawgs 18U Black persevered and continued their dominance by defeating Vauxhall 3-2 in eight innings.
Bryce Libke was the winning pitcher out of the bullpen pitching one inning, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out one and walking zero.
Graham Brunner started the game and, as we have come to expect, was outstanding on the mound for the Dawgs. Brunner went seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on nine hits while striking out nine and walking one.
Offensively, Tristan Peters led the way going 2-for-3 with one RBI at the plate to lead the Dawgs offense. Dawgs Junior National Team Standout. LaRon Smith, chipped in going 1 for 3 with 1 RBI and Ayden Makarus also stepped up with a hit in three plate appearances.
Dawgs 18U Black completed the season sweep by defeating Vauxhall 5-2 on Sunday. The game was tied at two in the bottom of the fifth when LaRon Smithsingled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs to lock down the win.
Brendan Logan was outstanding on the mound for the Dawgs, earning the win. Logan surrendered two runs on four hits, striking out eight and walking two in the complete game effort.
The Dawgs offense managed to tally 8 hits on the day. Alejandro Cazorla led the offense with a 2 for 3 day at the plate, collecting one RBI with one run scored. LaRon Smith went 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs, Gavin Logan went 2 for 3, and Tristan Peters went 1 for 2 with one run scored.