A late rally by the Sylvan Lake Gulls came up just short as they were handed their first loss of the season by the Okotoks Dawgs 3-2.
Tuesday night’s matchup is the first of four consecutive meetings with the Western Canadian Baseball League defending champion Dawgs this week. It’s the first time the two teams met since Okotoks swept Sylvan Lake in the West Division Final last summer.
After going down 3-0 by the third inning the Gulls answered scoring a run in the fifth and seventh inning to come within one of tying the game.
In the fifth inning, the Gulls cashed in a run with players on second and third base. Second baseman Jonah Weisner knocked in a run but was tagged out in the process.
In the seventh inning, after stealing second base and advancing to third on an error right fielder Kaden Zarowny scored a run after another error.
In the bottom of the ninth inning with Zarowny and centre fielder Shea Bowen on first and second base, shortstop Chase Rodriguez had a chance to potentially tie the game but went down swinging for the final out of the game.
Gulls starting pitcher Carson Angeroth allowed three hits and three runs scored on five innings of work. Jared Arnold came in relief in the sixth inning striking out one and no runs in one inning. Closer Brock James pitched the final three innings striking out three batters.
Sylvan Lake is now 3-1 after sweeping the opening series against the Fort McMurray Giants.
The Gulls will be back in action on Friday in Okotoks and will return home for the third game of the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Sylvan Lake will return to Okotoks again on Sunday for the final game four-match series. on Monday they’ll welcome the Medicine Hat Mavericks to town.