On the eve of what would have been their season opener, the Okotoks Dawgs and the Western Canadian Baseball League have cancelled the 2020 WCBL season.

Saying they took every effort to try and make baseball happen this year, the COVID-19 pandemic just made it impossible and they were forced to cancel the season.

They say the biggest hurdles were the regulations around mass gatherings and the closure of the Canada/U.S. border.

They say it just wouldn't be safe to proceed.

In a release the Dawgs thank everyone for their support.

"The Dawgs thank their fans, in particular their sponsors and season ticket holders, for their phenomenal loyalty, patience and support. Regrettably, we will have to wait until the 2021 season to defend our WCBL Championship. The Dawgs urge all of our supporters to continue to respect and follow the guidelines prescribed by our vigilant government and health authorities. “Together we are going to beat this thing and come back firing in 2021."

The Dawgs are telling season ticket holders to check their emails or go to the Dawgs Website to find out more about their refund or credit policies.

Written by Russell Skeet