Dawgs Got the Power

As Canada celebrated its 157th birthday, the battle for top spot in the Western Canadian Baseball League continued to heat up.

Winning streaks were snapped, potential playoff battles took centre stage while a couple of teams struggled to put an end to their respective losing streaks.

All the while, more than 30,000 baseball fans took in the action during the Canada Day long weekend.

As a result, there was no shortage of movement in the latest installment of the WCBL Power Rankings.

1. OKOTOKS DAWGS: Winners of their last three, the Okotoks Dawgs sported a 21-4 record on the season coming out of Canada Day. While they did suffer close losses to Lethbridge and Medicine Hat to start the week, the reigning WCBL champions are still looking like the team to beat.

2. SYLVAN LAKE GULLS: All of the pieces seem to be coming together for the Sylvan Lake Gulls right now. In the midst of a six-game winning streak with a pair of wins each against Brooks, Weyburn and Lethbridge, the Gulls are on the brink of getting their first taste of the #1 spot.

3. REGINA RED SOX: After going on a league-high 12-game winning streak, the Regina Red Sox have come back down to Earth in the last week, losing three of four to Saskatoon and one more to Moose Jaw. They still hold down the top spot in the East Division with a 20-9 record.

4. LETHBRIDGE BULLS: Before a pair of Canada Day losses to Sylvan Lake, the Lethbridge Bulls were on a five-game winning streak of their own after wins over Medicine Hat, Brooks, Okotoks and two hosting Swift Current. With more divisional rivalries on tap, the Bulls could slide into the top-three with some wins.

5. MEDICINE HAT MAVERICKS: The Mavericks started last week with a loss to Swift Current on Wednesday, then earned a split with Okotoks before taking big wins over Edmonton and Weyburn. Their schedule gets tougher with Sylvan Lake, Saskatoon and Regina to come this week.

6. MOOSE JAW MILLER EXPRESS: Don’t look now but the Moose Jaw Miller Express might be ready to make a jump in the standings. After wins over Saskatoon and Regina, they have started a stretch of seven games against Edmonton, Weyburn and Swift Current, which could make them a quick riser with some wins.

7. FORT MCMURRAY GIANTS: After getting swept in a four-game series against Okotoks, the Fort McMurray Giants have found themselves in a five-game winning streak thanks to wins over the Weyburn Beavers and Brooks Bombers, putting up 10 runs or more in three of those five games. The schedule gets harder though heading into this week as they head to Sylvan Lake for a three-game set before visiting Edmonton.

8. SASKATOON BERRIES: Slowly but surely, the Saskatoon Berries are climbing up the standings as they won three of their five games over the past week, with all three wins coming at the expense of the Regina Red Sox. The Berries play four of their next five at home before embarking on a nine-game roadtrip.

9. EDMONTON PROSPECTS: After a stretch of winning five of seven, the Edmonton Prospects did suffer a couple of close losses to Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw to round out the Canada Day long weekend. They have been in some close games lately, while their true test is coming this week with four games coming on the road at Seaman Stadium in Okotoks.

10. BROOKS BOMBERS: There has been a power outage of sorts with the Brooks Bombers, who lost six in a row during the course of the week. Three of those defeats came at home against Lethbridge and Sylvan Lake, before they lost three of their first four on a roadtrip into Fort McMurray. They will be hoping some home cooking over the next couple of weeks will help cure their ails.

11. SWIFT CURRENT 57S: A trip through Alberta was not kind to the Swift Current 57s as they entered the Canada Day long weekend. After a loss to Regina and win over Medicine Hat, they embarked on a four-game trip through Lethbridge and Okotoks, where they lost four in a row. The 57s are in Saskatchewan for the next week.

12. WEYBURN BEAVERS: After a solid start to the season, the Weyburn Beavers have struggled mightily over the last couple of weeks, having now dropped 11 in a row. The last week saw them in Alberta, where they lost games to Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Sylvan Lake and Medicine Hat. They will remain in their home province for the next couple of weeks, looking for some big wins against divisional rivals.

The WCBL Power Rankings are a weekly feature from Sentinel Storage and Access Storage that examines how all 12 squads are playing. You can find the East and West Division standings, as well as team and individual statistics on the league’s website. The WCBL This Week: Red Arrow Report also provides weekly updates, highlights and analysis from around the league.