Photo courtesy Greystoke Photography
In one of the craziest weekends for the Coyotes, they earn a split in Kamloops with two wins on Sunday.
The Coyotes began the weekend with a heartbreaking loss against the top team in the CCBC, the Prairie Academy Baseball Dawgs (PBA), 17-16 in the first of two games on Saturday.
After scoring seven times in the top of the second and six times in the fourth, the Yotes pitching staff couldn’t hold the lead as the Dawgs scored eight times in the bottom of the fourth, then three times in the ninth for the comeback win.
Offensively Aaron Barrett, Tyler Pentland and Brennan Reidy each had two RBIs, while Braden Heyland, Brandon Graham and Barrett each had a multi-hit game.
Cole Parusinni suffered his first loss of the season.
The offense must have been used up in the first game on Saturday, as the Yotes collected just three hits in the night cap against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack (TRU), falling 1-0 in a seven inning game.
Coyotes’ starter Tanner Collins was brilliant throwing a one hitter. Unfortunately that one hit came in the bottom of the sixth. Following a two-out walk, Collins gave up a triple, scoring the lone run of the game.
Derek Shedden, Garrett Weise and Braden Heyland collected the hits for the Coyotes.
Sunday was a different story as Marcus Drewry (pictured) recorded his second win of the season following a 9-1 victory over the PBA Dawgs in seven innings. Drewry threw a complete game seven hitter, striking out three.
Offensively the Yotes scored six times in the first three innings to set the tone. Derek Shedden led the way with three hits and three RBIs, while Joel Lamont had two hits and Brandon Graham recorded two RBIs.
It was the Coyotes first win over the Dawgs this season.
Sunday afternoon the Yotes again played the Wolfpack tough in another one run game. This time however the Coyotes claimed the victory, in a come from behind 9-8 win.
With the Coyotes trailing 8-6 in the top of the ninth and down to their final out, Aaron Barrett doubled to start a rally. After a walk and two errors later Bryan Elias came through with a single to score two.
Brandon Becking threw a scoreless ninth to collect his first win of the season.
Elias and Joel Lamont each had two hits, while Heyland tallied three RBIs.
The Coyotes (4-8) will stay on the road this coming weekend and travel to Nanaimo for a four game series with the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners (2-4). The clubs will play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Easter weekend the Coyotes will host the four other teams in the CCBC in the Easter Weekend tournament at Elks Stadium.