Spotlight: Brandon Graham


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Outfielder Brandon Graham enters his third year with the ‘Yotes and has become one of the leaders with high expectations.

In the spring he hit .272 with 22 hits, eight doubles, a triple, two homeruns and led the Conference with 20 RBIs.

He chats with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the fall season and his leadership.


October = Fall Baseball


 Coming off the Thanksgiving long weekend the Okanagan College Coyotes find themselves back in the “swing” of things this weekend will a full slate of games.

Friday afternoon the ‘Yotes will host the St. FX Academy in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00pm.  It’s the first ever match-up with the Edmonton academy.

Then on Saturday Elks Stadium will be extremely busy with five games starting at 9:00am.  The Okanagan Athletics, fresh off their Thanksgiving Classic tournament win, will face the Edmonton Prospects.  They will follow up that game with a tilt with St. FX Academy.

At 2:00pm, St. FX will then get a chance to face the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack for the first time.  Immediately following this game, TRU will face the Edmonton Prospects, then finish off their triple header against the Coyotes, who will be well rested at 7:00pm.

On Sunday to finish off the weekend, four games are scheduled.   The Athletics and Edmonton Prospects draw the early 9:00am game for the second straight day.  The Prospects then face the Coyotes before heading home to Edmonton.

Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm the Athletics conclude their weekend with a match-up against TRU.  The Wolfpack and Coyotes then battle at 4:30 to finish off the busy weekend.

The game with the Wolfpack will conclude the completive Coyotes schedule for this fall.  They will play their annual Red-Black intersquad World Series, before finishing up fall ball with their annual 100 Inning Game scheduled for Sunday October 26 at Elks Stadium.

This coming weekend is free to attend, so bring the kids to the ballpark and enter the Coyotes den.


Tournament Schedule

Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament Schedule: All Games at Elks Stadium

$5.00- Single Game, $10.00- Tournament Pass


12:00- Okanagan Athletics vs Yale Academy

2:30- Okotoks vs Whalley

5:00-ABA- Okanagan Athletics

7:30- Nanaimo vs Whalley


9:00- Okotoks vs Yale Academy

11:30- Nanaimo vs ABA

2:00- Whalley vs ABA

4:30- Nanaimo vs Yale Academy

7:00- Okanagan Athletics vs Okotoks


9:00- 5th vs 6th

11:30- 3rd vs 4th

2:00- 1st vs 2nd- Championship


Thanksgiving Classic Tournament


The Coyotes will host their annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament beginning Friday at noon when the Okanagan Athletics battle Yale.  The six team tournament is organized by the Coyotes as a way to recruit potential players to the program.

The six teams are mostly made up of BC Premier League teams (BCPBL), with players that are high school aged.

The Coyotes coaching staff are very familiar with the Athletics program, but getting a chance to see players from across the province and into Alberta has been beneficial in years past.

The other for teams in action this weekend at Elks Stadium are the Whalley Chiefs, Nanaimo Pirates, Okotoks Dawgs and the Alberta Baseball Academy (ABA).

The schedule is as follows:

Noon – Okanagan Athletics vs. Yale
2:30pm – Okotoks vs. Whalley
5:00pm – ABA vs. Athletics
7:30pm – Nanaimo vs. Whalley

9:00am – Okotoks vs. Yale
11:30am – Nanaimo vs. ABA
2:00pm – Whalley vs. ABA
4:30pm – Nanaimo vs. Yale
7:00pm – Athletics vs. Okotoks

9:00am – 5th seed vs. 6th seed
11:30am – 3rd seed vs. 4th seed
2:00pm – 1st seed vs. 2nd seed

Coyotes Head Coach Geoff White talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the tournament.


Second Annual Alumni Game


The Coyotes will host their second annual Alumni Game on Thursday evening at Elks Stadium.

Players from each of the six previous seasons are expected to play in the game.  Last season the current roster beat up on the alumni, something Assistant Coach and alumnus Keifer Rodway doesn’t want to experience again.

Fans of all ages are welcome to take in the game and the fun atmosphere, admission is free and the first pitch is set for 6:30pm.

Rodway talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the event ….


Weekend Recap


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It was a busy weekend for the Coyotes playing six games finishing 3-3, twice winning in their final at bat.

The weekend started with a 3-0 loss to the University of Calgary Dinos at Elks Stadium.  Zach Burlon was hit with the loss, throwing six innings allowing three unearned runs, three hits and three strikeouts.  The offense only managed one hit, as Brennan Reidy broke up the no-hitter.

In the night cap on Friday night the Coyotes turned the tables on the Dinos and shut them out 3-0.  Austin Orsted recorded the win, fanning four and allowing just two hits.  Mitchell St. Laurent picked up the save.

Bryan Elias tripled and scored a run. Logan Wedgewood collected a pair of hits and two steals.  Braeden Heyland finished with two hits, a run and two steals.

On Saturday the Coyotes faced the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack and fell 4-2.  Jason Merz was hit with the loss after four innings of work and three earned runs, four hits and four strikeouts.  Zach Yandeau came out of the pen and threw three shutout innings.

Jared Frew and Reidy both had an RBI doubles.

On Sunday, the Yotes played three games.  In the morning they faced the Dinos again and beat them 8-7 thanks to a seventh inning, game winning hit from Rio Shishido, driving in Brandon Graham.  Shishido finished with two hits, two steals and was hit by a pitch.  Wedgewood and Bo Meiklejohn also had two hits each.

Cole Parussini collected a no decision despite four strikeouts in four innings of work.  St. Laurent got the win, throwing two innings and striking out one.

Sunday afternoon the Coyotes collected their second 8-7 victory, again in their last at bats.  Joel Lamont worked a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seven recording the win.  Lamont also got the win on the bump, throwing two innings and striking out two in relief.

Reidy and Wedgewood each had two hits and two runs score.  Wedgewood collected a pair of RBIs as well.

Brandon Becking started and left with a no decision, throwing three innings, scattering three hits.  Brett Fleming pitched two shutout innings.

In the final game of the weekend the Coyotes fell 8-3 to the Okanagan Athletics.  Wyatt Hummel took the loss allowing three runs on just two hits in two innings of work.  He did strikeout four.

Brock Chilton and Jared Dulaba each finished with two hits and a double.

The Coyotes will host the Athletics again on Wednesday, before their Alumni game on Thursday evening at 6:30pm at Elks Stadium.


Busy Days Ahead


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It’s a busy week for the Coyotes playing six games in the next five days.

Following the double header at TRU on Wednesday night, the Coyotes will host the University of Calgary Dinos three times beginning on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm.  They will play Friday night at 6:30, then Sunday at 9:00 in the morning.

The ‘Yotes will also see the Wolfpack on Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm.

Sunday at 4:00pm, they round out the weekend with a single game against the Okanagan Athletics.

“This is another great chance for us to evaluate our guys against two great programs like Calgary and TRU,” says head coach Geoff White.  “We’ll see these two teams alot during the spring season, so we’ll get a chance to see what they’ve got and what we can prepare for come spring.”

More upcoming games include an Alumni game Thursday October 9 at 6:30pm, a Thanksgiving weekend tournament at Elks Stadium and the 100 inning game on Sunday October 26th.


Coyotes Finish Weekend 3-3


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The Coyotes finished the weekend 3-3  playing four games against the  Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack and two versus the Okanagan Athletics of the BC Premier Baseball League.

In Game 1 against the Wolfpack, starting pitcher Zach Burlon threw four innings, allowed two hits, two walks and struck out two finishing with a no decision as the Coyotes fell 3-1.

At the plate Tony Olson finished 2-4, while Logan Wedgewood was 2-3 with a pair of walks.

The Coyotes bats came alive in the night cap on Friday, beating the Wolfpack 9-3.  Aaron Barrett was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Mike Rogers was 1-3 with two RBIs and a walk.

Joel Lamont threw three innings, allowing two runs, two hits, three walks and struck out four.

On Saturday the Coyotes played a doubleheader with the Athletics.  In the first game the Coyotes won 6-2 behind starter Brett Fleming.  The sophomore threw four innings, struck out two while giving up a run on just two hits.

Offensively Brennan Reidy was 2-2 with two doubles and run scored.

The second game with the Athletics finished with the Coyotes winning 6-2, again. Barrett collected two doubles and two RBIs.  Starter Joey Fraser lasted four innings striking out five, allowing a run on three hits.

On Sunday the scene shifted to Kamloops and TRU.  In the first game the Coyotes fell 5-4 as starter Austin Orsted threw five innings in a no decision.  He allowed a run on five hits and struck out two.

Offensively the Coyotes saw Tony Olson finish 2-5 with a double, Rogers was 2-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored.  Meanwhile Reidy collected a double, run scored and stolen base.

In the second game at TRU the Coyotes were doubled up 4-2.  Starter Brandon Becking finished with a no decision, lasting four innings and allowing a run on three hits with three strikeouts.

Rogers continued to swing a hot bat with two more hits, two walks and two stolen bases.  Wedgewood was 1-4 with a double, walk and swiped a bag.

This week the Coyotes continue their fall exhibition schedule with five games with the Athletics.  Wednesday night will be the first of five at 6:30pm at Elks Stadium.


Coyotes Face Wolfpack


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The Yotes fall season continues this weekend with a home and home against the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack beginning Friday afternoon at Elks Stadium at 4:00pm.

Last spring the Coyotes won their seasonal series 4-3, outscoring the Pack 26-23.  Both clubs recorded a 1-0 shutout, oddly enough bookending the season; the Wolfpack won 1-0 in the first game of the spring, the Yotes returning the favour in the final game.

The Wolfpack finished with the best record in the CCBC last spring (17-11), but fall in the championship game to the PBA Dawgs.  The Coyotes fall to the Dawgs in the semi-final game.

The Coyotes will host the Wolfpack in doubleheader on Friday at 4:00pm and 6:30pm, before travelling to TRU on Sunday for a twin-bill at noon and 2:30pm.


Fall Season Preview


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The Coyotes opened the fall exhibition season this past weekend playing both the Langley Blaze and the Okanagan Athletics, from the BC Premier Baseball League teams (BCPBL).

This is the seventh fall season for the ‘Yotes and prior to the weekend Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talked with Head Coach Geoff White …