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The Dawg days of summer season start in two weeks time.
On Friday, June 18 … to be precise.
That’s when the Okotoks Dawgs Black return to the sphere and Western Canadian Baseball League motion towards the host Lethbridge Bulls.
A day later, the Dawgs Purple start their 2021 WCBL schedule towards the growth Sylvan Lake Gulls, additionally on the highway.
In the meantime that very same Saturday, the Dawgs Black open up Seaman Stadium towards the visiting Edmonton Prospects (7:05 p.m.).
On Sunday, it’s the Dawgs Purple staff’s flip to take to the house diamond for the primary time in 2021 to host the Bulls (2:05 p.m.).
The total calendar of summer season collegiate ball got here out Monday, with two groups representing Okotoks — the Dawgs Purple and the Dawgs Black — set to assist carry the sport out of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Each Dawgs groups will embody high Dawgs Academy Gamers bolstered by Dawgs grads getting back from baseball packages at U.S. and Canadian schools,” mentioned Okotoks Dawgs Academy head coach Jeff Duda. “The Dawgs Black will supply a pitching rotation led by Matt Wilkinson (Central Arizona) and Quinn Tocheniuk (Pratt CC,Kansas). Offensively, Black might be led by Ty Doucette (an Oregon State commit) and Alejandro Cazorla (Crowder CC, Missouri).
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“The Dawgs Purple rotation will characteristic veteran standout Graham Brunner (Illinois State) and Brendan Logan (UBC). Offensively, search for returning Dawgs Academy grads Cole Tucker (Niagara College, NY) and Tucker Zdunich (Colby, Kansas) to guide the cost.”
This yr, the 2 Dawgs sides spotlight a five-team Alberta-only league with COVID-19 restrictions nonetheless impacting journey and sports activities.
And with the Canada/US border remaining closed, all WCBL groups in 2021 characteristic all-Canadian rosters.
In fact, the Dawgs stay defending champions of the league after successful the 2019 title and seeing final summer season as a no-go as a consequence of COVID.
Subsequent yr, the Medication Hat Mavericks, the Fort McMurray Giants, the Brooks Bandits, the Regina Purple Sox, the Swift Present 57s, the Weyburn Beavers and the Moose Jaw Miller Specific are poised to rejoin the WCBL.
The 2021 WCBL marketing campaign incorporates a 40-game common season adopted by two best-of-three rounds of playoffs, culminating in a WCBL championship collection in mid-August.
Every of the Dawgs Black and the Dawgs Purple play 20 dwelling video games at Seaman Stadium.
Another key dwelling dates embody: Fathers’ Day (Sunday, June 20), Dawgs Purple vs. the Bulls (2:05 p.m.); Canada Day Weekend (Thursday, July 1) and Dawgs Black vs. Gulls (7:05 p.m.); Canada Day Weekend (Saturday, July 3), Dawgs Purple vs. Gulls (7:05 p.m.).