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Connor the Cavalier

There’s only one Okotoks Dawgs and Dawgs Academy team left for Connor Crowson to play on.

That’s the Western Canadian Baseball League Dawgs.

The Okotoks slugger has progressed through every team the Academy has to offer and is now knocking on the college team’s door after committing to Bossier Parish Community Collge.

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Bennett the Bison

Bennett Freiter’s long drive home to see family is about to be cut in half.

The St. Andrews, Manitoba native has become accustomed to the 1,350 kilometre trek between home and Okotoks while he has been rounding the bases with Dawgs Academy.

Starting in the fall of 2021, the catcher will see his commute distance hacked to 519 kilometres as he continues his education and baseball journeys at North Dakota State University.

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Close But No Soroka

Watching Calgary’s Mike Soroka succeed at the Major League Baseball level is somewhat bittersweet for Greg Morrison.

The Medicine Hat Mavericks owner and general manager might find himself asking “what if” when he thinks back on the summer of 2015.

Morrison had managed to convince Soroka to play for the Mavericks that summer, but it wasn’t meant to be as he was drafted in the first round of that summer’s MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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7th Inning Stretch: Max Hartman

One of the younger players from Alberta who attended the recent Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto was Max Hartman. 

The 15-year-old roamed the outfield at Rogers Centre for Team Navy during the showcase event, which was hosted by Blue Jays Baseball Academy and took place from Sept. 17-21. 

We spoke with the Dawgs Academy product before and after the T12 to find out more about him and what it was like to be selected as one of Canada’s top 150 baseball prospects. 

He answered the following seven questions for us for our 7th Inning Stretch profile.

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7th Inning Stretch: Jean-Luc Bussieres

The Tournament 12 (T12) in Toronto has come and gone for another year, but we’re still checking in with some of the Alberta players who took part in the prestigious showcase event.

Catcher Jean-Luc Bussieres, 17, is one of the 150 baseball prospects who played at Rogers Centre in the T12, which took place from Sept. 17-21. Originally from Edmonton, but now attending Foothills Composite High School as he trains at Dawgs Academy in Okotoks, Bussieres was kind enough to make time for us recently.

Here’s what he had to say in response to seven questions we asked him as part of our ongoing 7th Inning Stretch series.

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