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Dawgs 18U Black Season Comes to an End

Sunday July 24, 2016

The Okotoks Dawgs 18U Black team’s season has officially come to an end. The Dawgs ended the season with a trip to Indianapolis for the Pastime 18U National Championship; a tournament in which 145 travel teams from across North America travelled to take part in.

After finishing pool play with a 2-2 record, the Dawgs found themselves with the daunting task of trying to win 5 games in two days to win the gold bracket of the tournament. Unfortunately, the boys came up short and lost in the first round of the Gold bracket after being beaten by the Mizuno Braves (Illinois) by a score of 6-4.

Dawgs Ace- Jared Spearing earned a no decision in his final start as a Dawg after pitching 4 complete innings. Spearing allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9 batters. After being down 2-0, the Dawgs rallied back in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game at 2. The offensive charge was led by Dawgs Seniors - Brett Esau and Ashton Roy. Esau led the inning off with a triple, followed by an RBI double by LaRon Smith. After being down 0-2, Roy would come up in the clutch with an RBI single to score Smith and tie the game at 2.

Unfortunately, Dawgs Senior - Quentin Kopjar - had a rough 7th inning where he would give up 4 runs on 5 hits. The Dawgs would go down fighting, as Ashton Roy had a 2-run double off the top of the fence in right field, bringing the Dawgs within 2 runs of tying the game. But, that was as close as the Dawgs would get in this one.

Dawgs Coaches Val Helldobler and Jeff Duda are both extremely proud of this group of young men. It was arguably the best season by an Dawgs Academy team since their inaugural year in 2009.

More important than anything, it has been an honour and a pleasure to watch this group of athletes develop into young men on and off the field. This is a special group, one that will stand out in the Dawgs program for many years to come!

Good luck to all our seniors in your collegiate careers…Remember…. Once a DAWG, always a DAWG!




Overall Record - 40 Wins 14 losses

Tournament Wins- 2 (Best of the West in Kamloops and Perfect Game Mother’s Day Classic) and a runner-up at Perfect Game - Academies Showdown in Atlanta, Georgia

MLB Draft Picks - Clayton Keyes in the 17th round (Toronto Blue Jays)

College Placements- Peter Hutzal (Iowa Western/Washington State- NJCAA D1/ NCAA D1), Justin King (Northern Kentucky University- NCAA D1), Luke Lepine (Northeastern JC- NJCAA D1), Brett Esau (Frank Phillips JC- NJCAA D1), Ashton Roy (Pratt CC- NJCAA D1), Ryan Humeniuk (Indian Hills CC- NJCAA D1), Nathan Tovell (Elmhurst College- NCAA D3)Ben Thompson (Chandler-Gilbert CC- NJCAA D2), Zach Demchenko (Northeastern JC- NJCAA D1), Quentin Kopjar (Pratt CC- NJCAA D1), Jared Spearing (Indian Hills CC- NJCAA D1)

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