Fri. Sep 22nd, 2023

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The Okotoks Dawgs are now two wins away from a second straight Western Canadian Baseball League crown.

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The Dawgs booked their spot in the championship series by completing a West Division final sweep of the Gulls with a 7-1, Game 2 win in Sylvan Lake on Saturday night.

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Okotoks’ Brendan Luther hit a three-run home run in the second inning, extending his hitting streak to 21 games, while going 4-for-5 with four RBI. Alejandro Cazorla recorded two hits and one RBI, and Caleb Lumbard also drove in a run in the victory.

Dawgs starter Gavin Wuschke gave up one run on three hits over 5.2 innings while striking out three. Four relievers combined to allow two hits in sealing the win.

Okotoks, which took Game 1 at home in Seaman Stadium on Friday by a 10-5 count, has won five straight games dating to the end of the regular season.

The Dawgs now await the winner of the East final between the Moose Jaw Miller Express and Medicine Hat Mavericks, which is headed to a deciding Game 3 in Moose Jaw on Sunday night.

After that outcome, the schedule will be set for the best-of-three Harry Hollis Memorial Trophy championship series. The Dawgs earned home-field advantage with their league-best 40-16 regular-season record.

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