Coyotes Wrap Road Schedule

The Coyotes had a tough weekend in Calgary going 1-3 against UofC and TRU in their final road trip of the season. Full weekend recap coming soon

Next up the regular season will finish at home with TRU and Vancouver Island on Saturday and Sunday

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Coyotes Move Into Second Place

The Okanagan College Coyotes got a huge weekend from their offense, outscoring their opponents 37-14, on their way to a 3-1 weekend. OC faced off against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack and the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners, and now sit in second place with an 11-9 record.

“This was a big weekend for our team.” Says Assistant Coach Jared Johnson. “All three teams are close in the standings. We wanted to make sure that we were the ones ahead going into the final couple weekends. Our pitchers continued to pitch well and our offense showed what kind of force they can be.”

Brandon Becking started on the mound for OC in game one against TRU, throwing 8 innings giving up just three runs. Unfortunately, with the coyotes up 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth, two of those runs would come on a TRU two run home-run. Although the OC offense would have a good weekend, they would start slow in game one, having only 8 hits while stranding 12 runners in scoring position. The outcome would be 3-2 for the Wolfpack as OC could not score in the top of the ninth.

Game two would see the offense ignite for OC as they took on VIBI and would win the game 12-8. Liam Wyatt would have a breakout weekend, beginning with a 2-5 game, one of those hits being a mammoth homerun. Jake Fischer would have his own big game going 3-5. Logan Wedgewood, Breaden Heyland and Aaron Barrett would all go 2-5. Heyland would hit a three run home run to put the game out of reach. Starting pitcher Mitchell St. Laurent would go six innings allowing just seven hits to earn the win.

On Sunday, OC would begin the day against VIBI and their bats would stay hot. Liam Wyatt would continue to stay hot going 3-3 with two doubles and 7 RBI. Davis Todosichuk would also rack up 3 hits adding to the Coyotes total of 13 for the game. Brett Fleming would go all 7 innings on the mound giving up just 5 Mariner hits.

The final game of the weekend saw the Coyotes and Wolfpack both at 2-1, and wanting that last win to pull into second place in the CCBC. The coyotes would come out strong scoring two runs in the first inning, 3 in the second, 2 in the third and 2 more in the fourth to take a 9-3 lead after four innings. In the seventh, OC would seal the game scoring four more times to make the score 13-3. Trevor Lofstrom would blast his league leading third homerun of the season and Davis Todosichuk would go 4 for 5 at the plate. Cole Parussini would start for the Coyotes and would go 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 5. Bo Meiklejohn would throw the final two innings to close out the game.

“It was another solid weekend of baseball, we continue to pitch and play defense well.  This weekend we had some solid at bats that put us in a good position to win some games.  I was happy to see the group respond after a tough loss late in the first TRU game, it showed some character.  We still have lots to work on over the next two weekends as we get ready for playoffs.” adds Head Coach Geoff White

The Coyotes will hit the road again for the last time as they travel to Calgary to play the University of Calgary and again TRU. They will then be at home for their last home stand before hosting the CCBC Championship starting May 11.

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Split on Island

This past weekend, the Okanagan College Coyotes Baseball team travelled to Nanaimo to play a four game set against their rivals, the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners. Four games which were pivotal for the league standings with VIBI just one game behind the Coyotes. When the dust had settled, both teams stayed put as they split the weekend 2-2.

Game one Saturday saw the Coyotes cruise to a 7-2 victory behind a complete game by starting pitcher Cole Parussini. Parussini would allow just three hits over his nine innings of work, striking out 10 Mariner batters. Offensively the Coyotes we led by Liam Wyatt who went 2-5 and by Trevor Lofstrom who went deep in the fifth inning, a three run homerun, his second of the season.

Game two would see VIBI even the series, taking the game by a score of 5-3. OC starting pitcher Mitchell St. Laurent would throw well despite giving up four runs through 6 innings. With the score 2-0 for VIBI in the fourth inning, the Mariners would load the bases with one out. St. Laurent would get the groundball he needed but a throwing error to home would cost the Coyotes two runs in the inning. In the sixth inning, OC would put up two runs on back to back doubles and a VIBI error to cut the lead in half before Jared Dulaba would add another run on a solo homerun in the eight. Wyatt Hummel would come in relief in the seventh inning and would give up an insurance run that halted the OC comeback.

Sunday would see another split between OC and VIBI with OC winning the first game 13-3 and losing the second 2-1.

The OC offense would explode in the first game score 13 runs on 17 hits, 8 of those runs coming in the eighth inning. Braeden Heyland, Liam Wyatt, Eric Junnola and Jared Dulaba would lead the way, all recording three hits. Heyland would have three RBI in the game, while Dulaba would add two of his own. Wyatt and Junnola both added one RBI. Starting pitcher Brandon Becking would go seven strong innings, giving up just 3 hits, only walking two and striking out seven.

The last game of the weekend was a pitching duel with the score finishing 2-1 in favour to the Mariners. OC pitcher Zac Yandeau would be solid through seven innings, allow 2 runs, which neither were earned. Yandeau would start of slow walking 3 batters in the first two innings before settling in, giving up 5 hits and striking out four. Offensively, the Coyotes had many chances, having a runner in scoring position in 6 of the first 8 innings, but could not get a hit to score anyone. In the top of the ninth, the Coyotes finally broke the shutout to make the game 2-1, but could not force extra innings.

“Our Pitching was very dominant this weekend.” Explains Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. “All four of our starters threw well and deep into games. A few miscues behind them led to a couple loses but that isn’t something you can control when you are on the mound. They all had some adversity to overcome, whether it was errors or having guys in scoring position, and they all were able to battle through and minimize the damage. Down the stretch come championship, pitching and defense win championships and we believe we have both. When you bring in how well our hitters can be, we hope it all comes together at the right time.”

The OC Coyotes are on the road again this coming weekend when they travel to Kamloops to face off against Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack and VIBI once again.

For more information, go to www.okanagancollegebaseball.com. And Follow them on Twitter (@YotesBaseball), Instagram (occoyotesbaseball) and on Facebook.

 

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Another Weekend Split

The Coyotes came off a split again in CCBC action over the weekend.  Sitting at 8-8 and in a three way tie with TRU and VIBI the Coyotes will head to TRU next weekend along with VIBI.  Full weekend recap coming Monday.

Scores Saturday:

7-2 Coyotes- Parusinni (2-0)

5-3 Mariners- St Laurent (1-2)

Scores Sunday:

13-3 Coyotes-  Becking (2-2)

2-1 Mariners- Yandeau (1-1)

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Week 4 Preview

The Coyotes will take there 6-6 record on the road this weekend in Nanaimo where they meet the VI Mariners.  

If last weekend was any indication of how this coming weekend will go there should be some great baseball ahead.   Last weekend in the first matchup of the season the Coyotes won game 1 4-3 on the strength of Zac Yandeau solid outing on the mound.  Game 2 with VI had the Coyotes fall 2-1 late in the game on a tough hop that scored two VI Mariners

“They were both tight games last weekend.  Both sides pitched well and it made for some good games. It was just unfortunate that a tough hop went against us to put away the last game of the weekend.” Adds Head Coach Geoff White

The Coyotes will head to Nanaimo early Saturday for games at 1:30/4:00 while they will finish the four game set on Sunday at 11:00 and 2:00.  

“Nanaimo is always a tough trip.  It’s an early morning and games are always tight. We have been working hard to get ready this week as we have an idea with a couple of their arms we will face.” finishes White. 

The Coyotes at the plate have been led by Junior outfielder Aaron Barrett and Sophomore Davis Todosichuk who are hitting .341 and .340 respectively.  

The Coyotes will be on the road for the next three weekends before returning home May 7-8. 

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Weekend Recap

The OC Coyotes went in to this past weekend in hopes to get over the hump of a .500 record, but got mixed results to remain even on the year at 6-6.

Game one on Friday saw the coyotes face the University of Calgary Dinos, who were in Kelowna the previous weekend as well. The game started as a pitcher duel as OC starting pitcher Brandon Becking and the UofC starter both began with three quick shutout innings. OC struck first in the bottom of fourth when Logan Wedgewood hit a sacrifice fly to score Ryo Shishido from third. In the top of the 5th inning, Becking would get into some trouble as the Dinos would rack up seven straight hits, scoring six runs. In the bottom of the 9th inning with the score 10-3, the Coyotes would begin their comeback scoring the first five batters of the inning, but would be halted at 10-9.

Saturday began with another game against the Dinos, and the Coyotes were looking for some payback. Mitchell St. Laurent would get the start on the mound and would throw an impressive 8 innings, giving up 2 runs, 6 hits and striking out 7. The Coyotes offense would be charged by a Trevor Lofstrom 3-run homerun in the 4th inning, and the Coyotes would eventually take down the Dinos 8-2.

“After the first game we were very disappointed with the outcome.” Says Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. “We feel we are a much stronger team and we let the Dinos take the game to us. The second game against them we played how we should. We put up good at-bats and had solid pitching throughout the entire game.”

Game two on Saturday for the Coyotes saw their first meeting of the season with the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners, the team that knocked them out of the Championship tournament last season. The Mariners would take the early lead 1-0 scoring in the top of the 2nd, but the Coyotes would score in the bottom of the inning to take the lead 2-1. Starting pitcher, Zac Yandeau, would hold the Mariners to that one run until 7th inning as they would tie the game 3-3 on a costly OC error. OC would take back the league in the 8th inning when Aaron Barrett would double in to the left center gap scoring Davis Todosichuk from 1st. Brandon Hill would come in to shut down the Mariners in the top of the 9th to secure the 4-3 Coyotes win.

Sunday would bring the second meeting between the Coyotes and Mariners, and the hopes of another victory. OC would be the first to strike when Todosichuk would send a long fly ball into the right field gap that the outfield could not handle, and would end up on 3rd base. He would then score on the next batter when Shishido would ground out, but still score the run. VIBI would then get their own run in the top of the second to make it 1-1. The score would remain the same till the 8th inning. With two runners on base and two outs, VIBI would get a friendly bounce from the field when a routine ground ball found an edge and bounced over the second baseman, scoring both runners. The Coyotes could not respond as they were held to only 3 hits the entire game. The end score would be 3-1.

“All of our pitchers threw well this weekend” says Johnson. “One bad inning and one bad bounce cost us two games, but they gave us a chance to comeback and score runs. We came up just short.”

The Coyotes will now be on the road for the next three weekends. They head to Nanaimo this coming weekend for four crucial games against VIBI.

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Week 3 Preview

The Coyotes will head into week three of the regular season winning 3 of 4 against PBA and UofC.  Currently sitting in third place with a record of 4-4, the Yotes are looking to make some ground on TRU and PBA.

The University of Calgary Dinos will return for another weekend set with the addition of Vancouver Island Mariners.  The Dinos currently sitting with a record of 2-6 while VI is just ahead at 3-5.

From statistical match up standpoint offensively OC leads the three teams with a .270 team average while, VI is .232 and UofC .188.  On the mound VI sits with a 3.50 team ERA while OC is 4.26 and UofC 4.97.

The Coyotes have had a couple players jump out to great starts to the CCBC season.  Davis Todosichuk is hitting a torid, .412 with a .474 OBP while Aaron Barrett is 9th in the league at .321.  Pitchers last weekend had Cole Parusinni and Brandon Becking both have solid starts.  Parusinni has only surrendered 1 earned run this season.  Zac Yandeau and Mitchell St Laurent  both sit in the top 10 in the league for ERA.

“If we can continue to get pitching like this previous weekend we will have our chances to win some games.  We haven’t seen VI this season so we are excited to see that match up, we know a couple of their starters that can be tough.  We will need to focus on our game plan heading over the weekend.” finishes head coach Geoff White.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday: Coyotes vs University of Calgary @ 6:00pm

Saturday: Coyotes vs University of Calgary @ Noon

Saturday: Coyotes vs Vancouver Island @ 6:00pm

Sunday: Coyotes vs Vancouver Island @ 1:00pm

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Weekend Recap

The Okanagan College Coyotes came into this past weekend disappointed with how their season had started, but showed what kind of team they are capable of being going 3-1, bringing their record to 4-4.

On Friday night, which would also be Minor Baseball Night, OC faced off against the University of Calgary Dinos prevailing in a convincing 10-0 win. The Coyotes Ace pitcher, Sophomore Zac Yandeau, threw a complete game (8IP) allowing just 7 hits, striking out 7 and allowing just one walk. “Zac looked to be in the zone right from when he walked through the gates. He was throwing harder than he had been in previous starts and had great movement on his fastball. When you start the game striking out the first three batters, you know he has things working.” Says Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. Offensively, the Coyotes had 12 hits, led by Sophomore Davis Todosichuk who had three. Freshman Liam Wyatt had two doubles and came around to score three time and Senior Braeden Heyland was 2-4 with 2 RBI. The Game would end early when Aaron Barrett would score Todosichuk from third to implement the 10 run mercy rule.

Saturday, the Coyotes would play two games, first against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs who they split with the previous weekend. The OC offense would struggle to get things going this game, having only 5 hits and walking twice. Senior Mitch St. Laurent would pitch well in this game, unfortunately a couple costly errors would cut his day short after throwing 8.2 innings, giving up 6 runs (3 earned) on 11 hits.

Game two would again have the Coyotes play the Dinos and would once again put up a convincing 12-3 victory. Eight Coyote hitters would have hits on the day, led by Todosichuk (3-4, 2 runs, SB, HBP), Trevor Lofstrom (2-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI, BB) and Eric Junnola (3-5, 2 runs, 3 RBI). Cole Parussini would start the night game, going 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, striking out 6. After a shaky first inning, Parussini settled in sitting down the next 12 batters before another would reach base. Reliever Wyatt Hummel would throw the final two innings, allowing one hit and striking out the final three batters.

Sunday would bring the final game of the weekend. OC would look for some revenge as they played PBA once again. The game would begin as a pitching duel as Brandon Becking and the PBA starter would throw up zeros for the first 4.5 innings. In the bottom of the 5th, the Coyotes would take the lead scoring two runs, and would add to the lead in the 7th scoring three more. Becking would throw 8 solid innings allowing one run on 7 hits and striking out 6. Offensively the Coyotes would only manage 6 hits, but capitalized on 2 PBA errors. Todosichuk would once again lead the way going 3-4, scoring twice. Barret would also help offensively with two hits and two RBI. The Coyotes would steal 10 bases in the game, which played a huge factor in getting players into scoring position.

“Overall on the weekend we did what we needed to do, pitched well, played solid defense and had some timely hits.  We need to continue to focus on executing in certain situations and having more consistent at bats as a team.” adds head coach Geoff White.

Next up for the OC Coyotes will be another home stand against the University of Calgary and the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute. The games will start Friday night at 6pm against U of C. For more information on the schedule and statistics, please visit www.okanagancollegebaseball.ca and www.canadiancollegebc.bbstats.pointstreak.com.

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Home Opener Preview

Elks Stadium will be host for the Coyotes CCBC Home opener April 1st @ 6:00pm

Elks Stadium will be host for the Coyotes CCBC Home opener April 1st @ 6:00pm

The Coyotes will open their regular season home schedule this weekend when they host the University of Calgary Dinos and Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.

The Dinos recently were in Kelowna, March 18-19-20 for a 5 game non conference set where the Coyotes took 4 of 5.  The Dinos are coming off a weekend in Nanaimo with VIBI where they started the season 2-2.

Last weekend the Coyotes squared off in two games that saw the teams split the weekend set.  Scores were 10-2 Win for OC and 8-1 Win for PBA.   PBA and OC will only meet four times this season until the CCBC Championship in Kelowna.

Player highlights from last weekend were Logan Wedgewood, Senior, INF, Edmonton, AB went 7-17 with 3 BB and a HR.  Other standouts were Aaron Barrett and Davis Todosichuk that combined for 10hits, 6 Walks, and 8 runs.  On the mound Mitchell St Laurent had a solid outing going 7 innings scattering 3 hits, 2BB and 2 unearned runs against PBA.

“This week we are focused on ourselves and what we need to do to be successful in practice  as a prepare for the weekend.  All areas need to be better, pitching, defense, baserunning, and 1-9 in the order.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.

Friday night is “Minor Baseball Night” any player, coach, board members get free admission, hotdog and drink.  Gates open at 5:30, first pitch is 6:00pm.

Weekend Schedule:

Friday April 1st: OC vs UofC @ 6:00pm- Minor Baseball Night

Saturday April 2nd: Oc vs PBA @ Noon

Saturday April 2nd: OC vs UofC @ 6:00pm- Gallaghers Canyon Giveaway

Sunday April 3rd: OC vs PBA @ 1:00pm- Landyard giveaway first 100

 

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Wedgewood Paces, But Not Enough

Logan Wedgewood returns for his senior season

Logan Wedgewood,Senior, INF went 7-12 with 2 doubles and a homerun over the weekend

The Okanagan College Coyotes began their quest for a Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship, unfortunately it did not start off as well as they had hoped. They began the season in Kamloops facing off against Thompson Rivers University and the Prairie Baseball Academy, posting a 1-3 record.

In game one on Saturday, the Coyotes played the TRU Wolfpack. In the first inning, the coyotes started off the game scoring two runs, but TRU came right back scoring three of their own in the bottom of the inning. Starting pitcher Zac Yandeau would throw 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits, walking one batter, and striking out seven. The coyotes would take the lead 5-4 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, until TRU scored three runs off of relief pitcher Wyatt Hummel. OC would score one run in the top of the 9th to make the score 6-5 but could not score again. Davis Todosichuk, Aaron Barrett and Logan Wedgewood would account for 8 of the Coyotes 10 hits.

Game two saw OC play against the defending league champions PBA Dawgs. The Dawgs showed why they are the defending champions, beating the Coyotes 8-1. Starting pitcher Brandon Becking (7.1 IP, 9 H, 5 K, BB) would throw a solid game despite giving up all eight runs, four coming in the 8th inning. The offense could never get a rally going only scoring one run on 4 hits. Mike Rogers would hit a triple to score Jared Dulaba in the 7th inning. The coyotes would strike out 12 times and would strand 7 runners who were in scoring position.

On Sunday, the Coyotes began the day facing PBA and put together a solid rebound game taking it 10-2. Offensively, the coyotes banged out 12 hits, including a 3 run homerun by Senior Logan Wedgewood in the 9th. Starting Pitcher Senior Mitchell St. Laurent threw 7 complete innings allowing only 3 hits, giving up 2 runs, which were both unearned. Cole Parussini would throw the final two innings of the game, shutting down the PBA offense.

The final game of the weekend came against TRU. Not much went the Coyotes way as starter Brett Fleming would allow 8 runs in just 1.2 innings of work. Relief pitching would throw the rest of the game, but could not hold the TRU offense, which would lead to a 15-5 loss. The lone bright side of the game was Sophmore Jeremy Buckley, as he went 3-5 with 2 RBI.

“It is definitely not the record we were hoping to start off with, but it is just the beginning of the season.” says Coach Jared Johnson. “We truly believe that we have a great team all around, we were just not able to put together four complete games. Our lone victory was one that had our offense rolling and our defense and pitching on top of their game. We need to have more consistency from game to game to have success this season.”

Next up for the Coyotes is their home opener weekend, when the University of Calgary Dinos and the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs come to Kelowna. The Coyotes will play U of C on Friday night at 6pm, which is also Minor Baseball Night.

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