May 18th, 2024

Dawgs salvage split with VIU

By Lethbridge Herald on April 25, 2024.

Herald Photo by Justin Seward PBA's Zaden Wake fails to corral the throw at first base for the out as VIU's Ryder Duncan runs through the bag during the first game of the doubleheader on Thursday at Spitz Stadium

The Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs varsity team salvaged a split in the two games against the VIU Mariners during Canadian College Baseball Conference action  at Spitz Stadium on Thursday.

The afternoon game was one to forget for the Dawgs as they got shellacked 17-4.

A big fifth and seventh inning by the Mariners, where they scored six runs in each inning, was ultimately what  led them to the 13-run win.

“Played awful,” said PBA head coach Todd Hubka.

“[We] didn’t show up today. It was awful, … didn’t defend well, didn’t pitch well,  didn’t hit well.”

Losing pitcher Jake Hudson  lasted four innings where he gave up five runs on eight hits and struck out seven hitters.

Relievers Matt Wright was roughed up for 12 runs on 10 hits.

The Mariners’  Jake Hilkirk pitched four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out five batters.

Hubka wanted to leave it up to the team as to whether or not they would show up for the night game.

“They need to play better,” said Hubka.

“We’ll see, hopefully they show up this game because that was just terrible baseball.”

The Dawgs responded in the night game with a 4-3 win.

PBA’s Josh Clark wen 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the way for PBA.

Jake Maniago pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out 13 batters.

Both teams will battle today at 9 a.m. and noon.

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