Carson Thorne, alumni from 2011 will be patroling third base
The Coyotes will match up against there predecessors tonight as the current Coyotes host the Coyotes Alumni at 7:00pm at Elks Stadium.
This is the third annual game that has grown and become one of the more anticipate dates of the fall.
“I believe we will be close to 20 alumni coming out this year, and very close to every previous season represented.” says Head Coach Geoff White. “It is nice to see the former players come out and support their program.”
There will be a handlful of players from the first season in Cody Valgardyson (2009-Kelowna, BC,) who was an All Conference catcher, middle infielder Corey Smith (2009-Kelowna, BC), middle infielder Bryce Wilkie (2009-Kelowna, BC). Others expected to attend:
Mike Monster- RHP-2011
Keifer Rodway- RHP- 2010
Bryan Elias- OF- 2011
Tyler Pentland- C- 2011
Brennan Reidy- INF- 2011
Marcus Drewry- RHP- 2011
Devon Headr- OF- 2013
Jordan Britnell- LHP- 2012
Aidan McVea- OF- 2012
Carson Thorne- INF- 2011
Jeff May- RHP- 2012
Brandon Bergen- RHP- 2011
Greg Morris- INF- 2011
Sam Visona- OF- 2013
Garret Perlette- RHP- 2013
“This is always a fun event to see old faces come back and compete against the current team.”- says White
There is a post game social for any family, friends, alumni at the Canadian Brewhouse on Pandosy.
The Coyotes wrapped up a long weekend of baseball with the TRU Wolfpack. The two teams played 5 games, 3 on Saturday one that went to 13 innings, and 2- 9 innings affairs on Sunday in Kamloops.
Scores over the weekend:
Game 1: 5-3 TRU
Game 2: 2-1 TRU
Game 3: 6-2 OC
Game 4- 16-8 TRU
Game 5- 4-3 OC
Next up for the Coyotes is a date with the Alumni on Thursday October 8th @ 7:30pm @ Elks Stadium. Come on out and see the Coyotes from the previous 7 seasons.
The Coyotes went into Kamloops on Wednesday night and were able to take two games from the Wolfpack.
In game one Will Russell went 8 shutout innings before passing the ball to Wyatt Hummel who finished off the game surrendering one run. At the plate thet Coyotes were led by Logan Wedgewood and Jake Fischer.
In the night cap the Coyotes worked from behind over the first four innings spotting the Wolfpack a 9-1 lead. Dan Morris, Braden McCready and Wyatt Hummel would throw 5 scoreless innings while the Coyotes fought back at the plate. Jared Frew was 4-5 with 3 homeruns and 6 RBI. Eventually the game would finish 14-9 as the Coyotes were able to capitalize at the plate.
Next up for the Coyotes is a weekend series with the TRU Wolfpack starting on Saturday at Elks Stadium at Noon. Sunday the Coyotes will head back to Kamloops for a 1:00pm double header. Currently this fall the Coyotes are 16-2
The Coyotes wrapped up a busy weekend with a 5-1 record. With 8 other teams in town for the Kelowna Fall Invitational the Coyotes were able to play some consistent baseball.
Game 1 of the weekend had the Coyotes win 6-0 over the North Shore Twins. Cole Parusinni threw well over 5 shutout innings.
Game 2 vs the Edmonton Prospects had the Coyotes come from behind to win 6-5. Mitchell St Laurent pitched his way through a tough outing and made some pitches when he needed to. Jared Frew hit two homeruns.
Game 3 against the Parksville Royals had the Coyotes come out on top 9-5. Colton Tuka worked 4 innings against his former team that saw the weather take a turn.
Game 4 with the Okotoks Dawgs, who were eventually tournament champions had the Coyotes finish behind 5-2. Will Russell worked from behind his entire outing and had the Dawgs, who are good hitting team capitalize on some pitches. Brandon Graham had a two run homerun to lead the offense
Game 5 with the Abbotsford Cardinals saw the Coyotes respond with a 8-0 win. Brett Flemming worked 5 shutout innings.
Game 6 and part three of a triple header saw the Coyotes take Vauxhaul Jets 11-0 behind a strong performance by ex-Jet Zac Yandeau. Yandeau would work 5 scoreless as the Coyotes offense consistently threw up quality at bats as the game ended early due to mercy rule. Jared Dulaba was 2-3 with a double and homerun.
“Overall it was a good weekend, for the most part we pitched well and had some timely hits. there is still lots to improve on but we are moving in the right direction.” added Head Coach Geoff White.
The Coyotes didn’t play in the playoffs of the tournament final standings after the round robin were Edmonton # 1, Okotoks # 2, Vauxhaul # 3, Abbotsford #4.
In the playoff rounds, Edmonton fell to Abbotsford in the first semi final, while Okotoks knocked off Vauxhaul. In the final Okotoks won 8-0 over Abbotsford.
The Coyotes took care of business on a Wednesday mid week double header winning both games by the scores of 5-3 and 4-3.
Coyotes opened the fall schedule with a 12-2 win over the Okanagan Athletics of the BCPBL. Complete weekend recap will be posted.
Logan Wedgewood returns for his senior season
The Coyotes will be descending upon Kelowna over the next ten days as they get set for report date. Heading into their 8th season in the CCBC the Coyotes will be hosting the 2016 Championship in May at Elks Stadium.
“We are hosting the championships this year and want to make a run at the title and it all starts day 1,” says Head Coach Geoff White, “we have an extremely busy fall schedule with 47 games planned and then 70 in the spring.”
The players will have a great opportunity to compete in games situations over the course of the entire year which will culminate in a 5 team round robin tournament in mid May.
“We have a really solid core returning and a group of new players that will challenge for starting spots.” says White.
Elks Stadium before report date
The bulk of the pitching staff will be back that led the CCBC during the regular season that held a 3.42 ERA. Among them was first team All Conference starter Cole Parusinni who will be back for his junior year.
At the plate the Coyotes will look for senior catcher Logan Wedgewood to pace the offense. In 2014 he led the team with a .338 average.
“It is the biggest aspect we have tried to address with this recruiting class, we struggled to score runs during the last half of the regular season and specifically in playoffs.” adds White. “We have graduated some key players and will need some guys to step up.”
The Coyotes will be opening their fall season with a season of intersquad games starting on Sunday September 6th at Noon at Elks Stadium.
Coyotes record book has been updated for 2015.