August 26, 2014
Highlander Assistant Baseball Coach Austin Brough (pictured right) returned to campus this week after spending the summer in Okotoks, Alberta, where he served as the pitching coach for the Okotoks Dawgs.
Midway through the season, he was joined by former MacMurray College ace Anthony Willeford (pictured left).
Okotoks plays in the Western Major Baseball League, which is Canada’s premier collegiate summer league.
The Dawgs finished third in their division with a 28-27 overall record and clinched a spot in the postseason playoffs. The 2014 season ended on August 10 after the Dawgs lost 7-5 to the Medicine Hat Mavericks in game four (best of five series) of the postseason semi-finals.
Coach Brough guided the pitching staff to a 4.03 earned run average in his first season with the Dawgs. Willeford posted a 2-1 record with a 3.44 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 34 innings.
“Playing for the Okotoks Dawgs this summer was an experience that every player lives for,” said Willeford. “It was an opportunity to play in a beautiful stadium filled with thousands of fans and was like playing professional baseball in many aspects,” he continued.
“Although we didn’t win a championship, if this was my last time playing, I am glad I had the opportunity to be a Dawg and play for Coach Brough,” said Willeford.
The Dawgs had a season attendance of over 77,000 fans, which ranked the club No. 4 in summer baseball attendance in North America among the collegiate baseball summer leagues.
“It was an incredible opportunity for both myself and Anthony,” said Brough. “It is a very good program up there with great staff, great facilities and great baseball. I learned a lot and will bring a lot of what I learned back to our team here at MacMurray College.”
For more information, you can check out the Okotoks Dawgs official website here.