2015 Season Preview Continued- Infielders

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2015 will see some new and familiar faces patrolling the infield.  Brennan Reidy,pictured left (INF, Senior, Moose Jaw, SK) is back for his senior season, along with Juniors, Braden Heyland (INF, Junior, Lethbridge, AB), Troy Fisher (INF, Junior, Dartmouth, N.S.), and sophomore Jared Dulaba (INF, Soph, Coquitlam, BC).  “We have some experience and leadership back this year,  guys have continued to work and make improvements.” says Head Coach Geoff White.   “There are lots of guys battling for the infield spots and its pushing guys to work hard, we have high expectations of our upperclassmen.”
New faces to the Coyotes are transfers Tony Olson (INF, RS Freshman, Edmonton, AB), Logan Wedgewood (INF, Junior, Edmonton, AB) and Jared Frew (INF, Junior, Calgary, AB), all three of whom came from Douglas College.   Olson is coming off a redshirt  2014 season where he had an injured shoulder and has now recently fully recovered. “Olson has been another pleasant surprise at the plate, he can run, he is aggressive, in the fall he was limited to minimal throwing so we have only seen a glimpse of the defensive side, but he is constantly working and preparing,” says Coach White.
 
Jared Frew is coming off of a solid 2014 campaign in the NWAC junior college circuit where he hit .298 with a handful of extra bases.  “Frew will see time at multiple spots early in the spring, he brings some experience and a lefty stick with some power,” adds White. Logan Wedgewood will see more of a utility role, between catching and third base in 2015.  He had a tough spring with Douglas in 2014, but bounced back in the summer with his hometown Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League.  He hit .283 where he spent more time at third base and gained some valuable experience. “Wedgewood will see time at both spots early, we like his receiving abilities behind the plate and has worked really well with the staff, and also showed well at third in the fall. “says White.
With the departure of Senior third basemen Garrett Wiese, who is now a member of the coaching staff, the Coyotes will have to fill a void at third base and in the middle of the order.  “The entire infield is wide open, their are some freshman and new faces that are making a case for some spots,” adds White.  “With our 2014 starting shortstop departing for the U.S. during the summer, we have to fill that spot on the field and the top of the order.” finishes White.
Other newcomers to the infield will be Erick Junnola (INF, Freshman, Okotoks, AB), Alex Owen (INF, Freshman, Coquitlam, BC), Joey Gladman (INF, Freshman, White Rock, BC) Ryan Prockiw (INF, Freshman, Smokey Lake, AB), and Hayden Sormaz (INF, Freshman, Calgary, AB).  “Our freshman class has been solid, they have come a long way since September, and are right in the mix if they continue to progress,” says White.
There are also a couple of two way players that will see time in the infield.  Joel Lamont (RHP/INF, Junior, White Rock, BC) and Will Russell (INF/RHP, Freshman, Kelowna, BC) are utility players that might see some time both on the mound and in the field.  “Russel and Lamont are also available to swing a bat.” add White.
“Bottom line is we will need to make plays around the infield behind our staff.  If we play to our potential we will be just fine.” finishes White.

 

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2015 Season Preview: Pitching Staff

The Coyotes will head into their 7th season with one goal, a Championship. In 2014 the Coyotes were bounced out of the CCBC Championships in the first playoff round after squandering a 6-2 lead to eventual champions the Prairie Baseball Academy.  Fast forward to September and the Coyotes have regrouped and reloaded.  With the season starting February 5th the Coyotes are putting the final touches on preparations for a successful playoff run.
The pitching staff will be a major piece of the 2015 puzzle.  For the Coyotes to return and make a push in playoffs they will rely on some key arms.  Marcus Drewry (Pictured below) (RHP, Senior, Parksville,BCmain-banner-CoyotesAwards2014) emerged in 2014 as the staff ace, posting a perfect 5-0 conference record and first team All Conference selection.  “Marcus has grown significantly in our program, from his freshman year to now he has become one of the best pitchers in our conference.  He commands four pitches well which makes him tough. We will look to him to lead the staff in his final year,” say Head Coach Geoff White.  Zach Burlon (LHP, Junior, Etobicoke, ON) and Austin Orsted (RHP, Sophomore, Calgary, AB) will also be in the starting rotation mix.  Burlon is coming off of a up and down season that saw him post a 1-3 record and 5.45 ERA while Orsted was 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA.  “Burlon had a couple of tough starts that inflated his numbers last year, he will be looking for a bounce back year,”adds White, “Orsted put up some impressive numbers for a freshman, he has put in his time this offseason and looks to emerge as one of the pitching staff leaders, both of these guys will be looked upon as mainstays in the rotation,” finishes White
The fourth spot in the rotation looks to be solidified over the course of the preseason.  There are some notable returners that are up for the job but also some new faces that are making a bid for it.  Joel Lamont (RHP, Junior, White Rock, BC), Brandon Becking (RHP, Sophomore, Coquitlam, BC), Zac Yandeau (RHP, Sophomore, Plumas, MB) are three returners that could fill the last spot in the rotation. “Lamont is a two way player that might see some time in the backend of the bullpen, or possibly in a starting role, he gained some valuable experience over the summer and has continued to get stronger and add velocity,” says Coach White.  “Becking and Yandeau each had strong summer and fall campaigns.  Becking worked in more of closing role in 2014 and had some success as a freshman, he might be ready for a larger load of innings.  With Yandeau he has potential be a big part of the staff, he has always thrown allot of strikes which is crucial.”
New faces that will also make a strong case for the last rotation spot will be Jason Merz (RHP, Freshman, North Vancouver, BC), Will Russell, (RHP, Freshman, Kelowna, B.C.), and Bo Meikljohn,(LHP, Freshman, Edmonton, A.B).  Merz is coming of a BCPBL 2nd place finish in 2014 with the North Shore Twins and has shown some promise in the fall.  “Merz should be interesting to watch develop, he has some arm strength and just starting to scratch the surface, there is a ton of potential with a 6’3 frame and loose arm action.” says Coach White.
Russell is a year out of playing for the local Okanagan Athletics, (BCPBL) where he pitched a team leading 58 innings in 2013. “Russell had a strong fall and has the ability to throw on short rest, so we will see how the early spring plays out in a variety of roles.” adds White.
Meikljohn comes to the Coyotes from the FX Baseball Academy in Edmonton where he excelled as a two way player.  “Bo has been a pleasant surprise this fall, he doesn’t over power teams but he can throw multiple pitches for strikes which led to a solid fall.” adds White,”he also had some of our better hitting statistics this fall, which might lead to some time on the mound and with a bat.”
Other players rounding out the pitching staff are Mitchell St Laurent (RHP, Junior, Edmonton, A.B), Joey Fraser (RHP, Freshman, West Kelowna, B.C.), Wyatt Hummel (RHP, Freshman, West Kelowna, B.C.), Tyler Lemke (RHP, Freshman, Penticton, B.C.), Brett Fleming (RHP, Freshman, Penticton, B.C.), Braden McCready (RHP, Freshman, Richmond, B.C.), Jake Gaetz (RHP, Freshman, Okotoks, A.B.) Cole Parusinni (RHP, Sophomore, Coquitlam, B.C.).  McCready and Gaetz each saw limited action in the fall due to some nagging injuries that they have over come during offseason workouts.
“It should be fairly competitive for innings this spring with a deep pitching staff.  St Laurent transferred in from Alan Hancock College in California where he was a two year All Conference performer in a tough division of Junior College baseball, he will add some experience at the back end of the bullpen.” says White.  “Flemming,Lemke, Hummel, and Parusinni each shown promise over the fall as well and could fall into any role.”
The Coyotes begin the 2015 campaign on the road February 5th in San Marcos, California against St Katherine’s College, a program that will be entering the NAIA in 2016.  Stay tuned for the position players preview.
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Happy Holidays

As we break for the holiday season and wrap up 2014, we wanted to express our gratitude to all our families, friends, sponsors, and supporters of Coyotes baseball for a outstanding 2014 season.  2015 looks to be an exciting year with a tremendous group of players and challenging schedule.  Stay tuned for the 2015 pre season outlook in the New Year.  From all of us at Coyotes Baseball Happy Holidays.banner-Coyotes-jerseyfront
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2015 Season Tickets on Sale

Get your 2015 Coyotes Season ticket today.  Season tickets give you access to any spring, tournament, or fall game, with over 50+ games at Elks stadium.  New for 2015, season tickets are valid at any regular season CCBC away games. (except playoffs)

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Pitching The Key In 2015

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This coming March, the Coyotes will open their seventh season in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) and will turn to the bump for success.

The Coyotes pitching rotation should be the backbone of this club in the spring with four veteran arms leading the way including Zach Burlon, Marcus Drewry, Joel Lamont and Austin Orsted.

Last spring Drewry (pictured) was the ace of this staff with a 5-0 record and 2.60 ERA in his junior season.  Now a senior the 6’2, 195 pound Courtney native will once again be asked to lead this club and build on his 19 strikeouts in 38 innings.

In his first three years with the Yotes, Drewry is 9-7 in the regular season and is averaging 21.3 strikeouts per season and logging 34.4 innings.

Left hander Burlon will enter his junior year in the spring and has averaged 27.5 strikeouts in his first two campaigns.   As a freshman in 2012 Burlon threw 45.1 innings and finished 3-3 with a 4.36 ERA.  After sitting out 2013 with an injury, the 6’2, 235 pounder threw 38 innings and struck out 29 hitters in 2014.  He won his only post season start, throwing seven innings and fanned six.

Burlon has been a workhorse in his first two seasons compiling an average of 41.5 innings.

Lamont is also entering his junior season and has shown the coaching staff he is a two way player, hitting .280 and finishing 3-2 on the mound last spring.

The Coyotes will need Lamont to be a leader on the bump in the spring.  He threw 35.2 innings last year and struck out 35 on route to his three victories and a 4.29 ERA.  The Surrey native appeared twice in the playoffs and fanned 13 in 6.2 innings of work.

The youngest starter on the staff is Orsted, but he commands a game like a veteran.  In just his freshman season had a team best 2.42 ERA in 26 innings pitched.  He struck out 19 and finished 1-1, recording his lone win over VIBI on April 19th.

If the Coyotes want to see success in 2015 Orsted will need to be a key contributor and be asked to lead by example in his sophomore season.

The Coyotes will open the 2015 CCBC spring season on March 20th when they host the University of Calgary.  Prior to the season opener, the Coyotes will play in California, Arizona and Las Vegas beginning February 7 as part of their annual winter tour.  Follow the Coyotes on Twitter during the trip and over the course of the off season; @YotesBaseball

Courtesy of Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

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Spotlight: Brennen Reidy

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After a difficult spring in 2014 Brennen Reidy has returned to the Coyotes for his fourth and final year with a new personal drive to make this season his best in the CCBC.

He’ll be looked upon as a leader this season both on and off the field as the Coyotes prepare for their seventh campaign in the CCBC.  Prior to the start of the 2015 spring, the Coyotes will head south to Arizona and Las Vegas for their annual US exhibition trip.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) caught up with Brennen ….

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2015 Schedule Released

 

OC-Baseball-Fall-TeamPhoto2014-webThe 2015 schedule has been released.  It features 59 games , 24 which are at home at historic Elks Stadium.

The 2015 campaign will kick off with the Coyotes annual trip south.  In the previous three seasons the trip consisted of games in Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV.  This year will mark the first year where the Coyotes will travel to the Los Angeles area where they will face a variety of teams. before heading to Central Arizona College for a double header and then wrapping up with its annual tournament in Las Vegas at the College of Southern Nevada.

“The preseason trip has a different look this year, with the addition of the L.A portion we will be able to face more four year programs and will also provide a change of scenery,” adds Head Coach Geoff White, “there are some notable games that players always look forward to in Central Arizona who are perennially the top ranked Junior college in the nation.  The Las Vegas portion is always tough with other top ranked programs in attendence, we will have our hands full right out of the gate.”

After their trip south the Coyotes will return to the familiar confines of Elks Stadium for fourteen straight homes through the early part of March.  This will wrap up the preseason before the Coyotes make a charge at the 2015 CCBC season that opens March 20th vs the University of Calgary.

“The conference season should be exciting, I am expecting all of the CCBC teams to be fairly evenly matched.  It will come down to pitching, defense and some timely hitting,” says Coach White.

The 28 game CCBC schedule will wrap up on the road in Lethbridge, AB and is followed by the CCBC National Championship again in Lethbridge.

“Everything is building to Lethbridge and the Championship, our preseason will be a significant challenge and set the expectation for how we will need to play to compete through all 59+ games,” says Coach White, “we are really looking forward to this schedule and the talented group of players we have assembled.”

The 2015 roster will announced in the new year.

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Coyotes Finish With 2 of 3

The Coyotes wrapped up the fall season on Sunday in Kamloops against rival Thompson Rivers University November 2nd.  This marks the latest date in the program history that the Coyotes played into the fall.

Game one saw Cole Parusinni and Jake Gaetz combine for a 1-0 shutout.

Game two had TRU take advantage of some walks and errors in that led to a 8-5 loss

Game three wrapped up the fall with a 5-1 win.  Will Russell, Mitchell St Laruent, and Joel Lamont all had strong outings on the mound as OC rallied for 12 hits.

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Coyotes Wrap Up Fall

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The Coyotes will conclude their fall exhibition schedule with a road game on Sunday in Kamloops against Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack.

It has been a successful fall season for the Coyotes who have logged a lot of innings giving the coaching staff an excellent idea of what they’ll have heading into the spring.

Both the veterans and rookies have shown they deserve a starting role once games count in the spring. They will continue to get opportunities to shine with their annual US trip.  In February the Coyotes are scheduled to make a road trip through Arizona and into Las Vegas playing some of the best junior college programs in the country.

Following the trip south, the Coyotes will knock the frost off of Elks Stadium and open their spring season in March.

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Spotlight: Brock Chilton

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Catcher Brock Chilton enters his second year with the Coyotes and will share duties behind the plate with Tyler Pentland.

Last season Chilton saw limited action appearing in just five league games during the spring season.  He hit .200 with an RBI.

He chats with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the fall exhibition season and expectations for the 2015 spring …

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