* With his second favorite team, the San Francisco Giants winning their third World Series in five years John Ircandia will now turn his attention to his No. 1 team, the Okotoks Dawgs and their annual Hall of Fame banquet which will see LHP Tyrell King (Calgary, Alta.
Okotoks Dawgs award winners & banquet speaker
By Jonathan Hodgson
Okotoks, Alta. – The Okotoks Dawgs are proud to announce the club’s award winners for the 2014 season; as well as, the keynote speaker for the 2015 Dawgs Hall of Fame & Awards banquet.
The award winners are:
Pitcher of the Year: Tyrell King (LHP, Missouri Baptist University)
Most Valuable Player: Connor Crane (INF, McNeese State University)
Rookie of the Year: Brendan Rose (OF, University of British Columbia)
True Grit Award: Ellis Kelly (INF, Lamar Community College)
The awards will be presented at the 2015 Okotoks Dawgs Hall of Fame and awards banquet, which will take place in Okotoks on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.
Hall of Fame second baseman, Roberto Alomar, will be the keynote speaker at the eighth annual banquet.
Alomar enjoyed a 17-year career, including five seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, leading them to back-to-back World Series victories in 1992 and 1993.
Alomar has also been the leader of the Blue Jays Honda Super Camps for several years, which have travelled coast to coast. The 2013 Super Camp hosted by the Okotoks Dawgs had the largest enrollment of youth players of any Super Camp held outside of Toronto that year.
A 6-foot-5, 210 lb lefty from Calgary, King is coming off of a dominant 2014 season with the Dawgs where he established himself as a true ace. Coming off of his sophomore year at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona, King posted a 4-2 record and a 2.10 ERA in the summer of 2014.
In 47 innings, spanning eight starts, he allowed just 42 hits and 16 walks, recording 37 strikeouts. After allowing three earned runs in his first start of the season, King allowed no more than one earned run in seven consecutive starts. For his performance, King was named a WMBL all-star, and was named 2014 WMBL Canadian Rookie of the Year. He worked eight innings in a 12-1 win over Regina, striking out eight.
Rose will be the second full season with the Dawgs for the Calgary, Alberta native, after enjoying a very successful 2014. He hit .303 this past summer, with 16 RBIs, including hitting for a .340 clip in the month of July when he finished 16 for his final 40 at-bats, and 12 for his last 25 (.480). He was 2-for-2 in a 12-2 win against Yorkton.
Though just a sophomore at UBC, Rose is another Dawgs veteran, having graduated from the Dawgs Academy by winning a midget national championship under now collegiate Dawgs head coach Brett Thomas in 2012. He also saw action in nine games for the collegiate Dawgs in 2013.
Kelly, of Castle Rock, Col. hit .279 with four doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs in 46 games. He was 7-for-11 stealing bases. He had three hits in a 7-6 loss to the Lethbridge Bulls.
Cane, from Parker, Col., batted .305 with 17 doubles, two triples, two homers and 24 RBIs in 45 games, while going 23-for-29 stealing bases in 45 games as he scored 42 runs. He singled, homered and knocked in five runs in a 21-5 win over the Medicine Hat Mavericks.
The second class of the Okotoks Dawgs Hall of Fame will also be inducted on Feb. 7th. The inductees and further information on the banquet will be released at a later date.
A year ago Don Seamen and Blair Kubicek were part of the inagural class.
Seamen was the principal donor in the construction of Seaman Stadium and the Duvernay Fieldhouse. He, his late brother Daryl K. (“Doc”) and brother BJ Seamen, were principals of the Bow Valley Group of Companies and respected pioneers in the Canadian oil & gas industry. Don has made major contributions to, among many worthy causes, the Seaman Family MRA Research Centre, the Robotic Arm Project at Foothills Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Heritage Park, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Calgary.
Kubicek was the founding and head coach of the Prairie Baseball Academy, in Lethbridge, from inception in 1995 until 2010. He created opportunities for hundreds of players to move on to US colleges and universities. More than anyone he is responsible for building Nolan Yard and was a key member of the Dawgs team that developed Seaman Stadium, Tourmaline Field and Conrad Field.
“Over the years, Kubie, more than anyone, opened the door for Dawgs players to be recognized by college coaches and professional scouts. He was selfless in his passion for baseball”, said John Ircandia, Dawgs managing director.