Over 6,000 people were in attendance at the WCBL All-Star game at Seaman Stadium on Saturday night.
The East versus West battle showcased the top players from each division with 10 of the best making up each lineup.
The Dawgs were represented by McCoy Pearce, Jacob Morrow, Graham Brunner, Noah Geekie, Ricky Sanchez, Alejandro Cazorla), Ryan McFarland, Micah McDowell and Brendan Luther. Along with the coaching staff, the seven Dawgs contributed to an extra inning West victory.
The final score was 9-8.
The East make a mighty comeback in the eighth inning to take an 8-6 lead. The West would score two more runs in the ninth to send the game to extras. The game ended in the tenth inning after Sylvan Lake infielder Ethan He singled to score the winning run. He would earn All-Star MVP honours for his performance.
According to Director and VP of promotions and special events for the Dawgs Will Gardner, picking Okotoks and Seaman Stadium was a no-brainer.
"It's been called everything. It's been called a jewel. It's been called a phenomenon and it's all of those things. It's been called to feel the dreams tonight is like a dream. It's just incredible. These players from East and from West they've just had a phenomenal night that they'll never forget."
The day kicked off with the Home Run Derby. Weyburn’s Nolan Machibroda won it all against Edmonton infielder Jordan Philips in the final round by a score of 6 home runs to 5, earning him the golden bat.
McCoy Pearce represented the Dawgs in the derby but failed to advance past the first round. The East opened the scoring in the first, taking the lead by three. The West would rally and tie the game in the third inning, eventually taking the lead in the fifth.
For the fans in attendance, Gardener says it was like nothing they've seen before.
"You couldn't ask for a better fan experience. You couldn't ask for a better baseball game or a more perfect evening. These are the kind of games you dream about, then to have it as an All-Star game!
"For so many new fans, it’s their first time in Okotoks. First time in Seaman stadium. What a tremendous night."
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