Dogs not best of West
The midget AAA Kamloops RiverDogs did not have their best showing at the Best of the West tournament in Kamloops on the weekend.
Kamloops opened its tournament with a 6-3 loss to the South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association Tigers on Friday (March 30) evening.
Rainy and snowy conditions on Saturday, March 31, did not stop the RiverDogs from playing twice.
In the afternoon game, Kamloops fell 9-6 to the Okotoks Dawgs.
The Dawgs’ bats caught fire in the seventh inning, when the visitors scored seven runs.
Kamloops, in its final round-robin matchup on Saturday night, edged the Langley Blaze 10-9.
Dylan Luison of the RiverDogs hit a walk-off single.
A consolation playoff game scheduled for Sunday, April 1, was cancelled.
The RiverDogs will play two home games against South Okanagan on Sunday, April 8, on McArthur Island.
The doubleheader, to be played on Canada Games field, gets underway at noon.
Dogs trying to finalize roster
Sean Wandler, the Dogs’ head coach, is close to finalizing the 2012 roster.
The roster so far, according to the team’s website: James Arko, Tyler Cousineau, Leyton Edye, Jake Harris, Dylan Luison, Colton Thompson, Michael Gilfillan, Blayne Halland, Jordan Kealty, Connor Kozak, Jackson Lowes, Kyle Pouncy, Steven Rintoul and Colin Rintoul.
Gilfillan, Cousineau, Thompson, Harris and Edye are expected to make up the Kamloops pitching rotation.
The Riverdogs, who won a provincial championship in 2011, lost only one player — Spencer Lord — to graduation.