By John Short
Led by the big bat of .400-hitter Tristan Peters, the Okotoks Dawgs continued to stretch their runaway lead in the Western Canadian Baseball League’s Western Division with an 8-0 rout of the Edmonton Prospects, who hold fourth place and the last playoff berth in the Alberta wing of the two-province organization.
Peters rapped a second-inning home run among his two hits in a pair of at-bats. He also scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. The 10-hit Okotoks attack accounted for three runs in each of the first two innings and a pair in the seventh.
Primary victim was little-used Jackson Bandow, whose effort on the mound allowed head coach Jordan Blundell to set ace starters Hunter Boyd and Taran Oulton aside for vital games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon against the Fort McMurray Giants, Edmonton’s closest rival for the last remaining playoff vacancy.
All five runs against Bandow were earned. In relief, Scott Gillespie was charged with one earned run of the three he yielded. Gillespie showed good stuff in his outing with six strikeouts in five innings.
Only Beaux Guilbeau had two hits for the Prospects. Javier Ramirez and Jake Gehri, who each played less than the full game, shared the other two.
Nolan Ruff extended his 2019 WCBL record to seven victories and no losses. After he showed total command for seven innings, a pair of perfect one-inning relief stints completed the powerful Okotoks performance.