Summer Update

wmbl_logoThe Coyotes are spread out across the country for the summer playing in a variety of leagues.  Here is a quick update on the Yotes in the WMBL.

Garrett Wiese-3B- Medicine Hat Mavericks- .253, 5-2B, 1-HR, 11RBI,12BB, 7HPB, .404 OBP

Derek Shedden-SS- Edmonton Prospects- .276,2-2B, 11RBI, 23BB, 5HBP, .437 OBP

Brennan Reidy-2B- Moose Jaw Express- .108, 1HR, 4RBI, 2BB





Coyotes On The Big Bike


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Two pitchers from the Coyotes’ roster took part in the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike on Thursday.

Tanner Collins and Zach Burlon were part of Ryan Watters’ Okanagan Sports Network team that raised $2,045 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Burlon was the team’s top fundraiser, raising $275.

In all, 20 athletes joined the team from various sports teams, schools and organizations. The Kelowna Rockets, Kelowna Falcons, Okanagan Athletics, Mount Boucherie Secondary, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna Chiefs, Kelowna Christian School and West Kelowna Warriors were all represented.

Thank you to all who donated.


Season Wrap Up


After a 15-13 regular season, the Coyotes qualified as the third seed for the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) championship tournament.

After finishing 2-2 through the round robin of the tournament, the Yotes matched up with the PBA Dawgs in the quarterfinal, only to fall 8-7.  The Dawgs went on to win their fourth consecutive title.

This season also sees the end of Garrett Wiese’s career, a senior who started all but four games over his four year career.

Head Coach Geoff White talks about the tournament and the season as a whole with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters).


Coyotes Season Ends


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Seven runs in the final two innings on Sunday ultimately leads to the end of the Coyotes season as they fall 8-7 to the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs in the quarterfinal of the CCBC championship tournament.

Both the Coyotes and Dawgs traded single runs in the first inning.   Yotes’ starter Joel Lamont (pictured) then shutdown the three time defending champs for the next three innings.

Meanwhile the Coyotes offense went to work scoring twice in the top of the second inning, then three times in the fourth.

The Dawgs finally got to Lamont in the fifth, as the right hander gave up three runs, to bring them within two with a 6-4 score.

The Coyotes offense responded with a run in the top of the sixth, restoring the three run lead.

However in the bottom of the inning Lamont allowed two more runs, before being pulled in favour of Marcus Drewry.  The pitching change didn’t seem to bother the Dawgs as they scored two more off Drewry, both unearned.

In his final collegiate game Garrett Wiese helped lead the charge with a pair of hits and two RBIs.  Tyler Pentland recorded two RBIs and Aaron Barrett and Braedan Heyland each had two hits.

The Coyotes out hit the Dawgs 9-5, but three defensive errors at key times did not help matters.

Following their game with the Coyotes, the Dawgs advanced to the title game, beating the VIBI Mariners 6-5 in the semi-final.

The Dawgs then won their fourth straight CCBC title after beating the top ranked TRU Wolfpack 5-1, who received a bye to the championship game after the round robin.

The Coyotes headed home following their loss to the Dawgs.


Coyotes Stay Alive


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Saturday was a good day for the Coyotes, who say alive at the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) Championship tournament with a 5-2 win over the University of Calgary Dinos.

Even before they took the field on Saturday, the Coyotes won the right to host the CCBC Championship tournament in the spring of 2016 and 2017.  It’ll be the first time Kelowna has hosted such a tournament.

With this news fresh in their mind, the Coyotes and specially starter Zach Burlon (pictured) were on a mission against the Dinos with their season on the line.

After Burlon allowed a run in the top of the first, the offense went to work, scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning.  Garrett Wiese collected an RBI ground out to score Derek Shedden, before Bryan Elias scored on a throwing error.

Then in the third the Coyotes scored three times on the Dinos sloppy defense.   Elias scored on an error, and then Wiese scored on a wild pitch.  Two batters later Brandon Graham then scored on an error.  In all, the Dinos committed five errors in the inning and seven over the course of the game.

The Coyotes and two other teams finished the round robin with 2-2 records.  Because of that, the Coyotes will need to play three games on Sunday in order to win the championship.   First they’ll face the PBA Dawgs on Sunday at noon in a quarterfinal.   Joel Lamont will start.

If the Yotes win, they’ll face the VIBI Mariners in the semi-final at 3:00pm.   If they win that game, they will match up with the TRU Wolfpack in the title game at 6:00pm.  One loss sends the Coyotes home.

Friday night the Coyotes fell 6-5 to the Dawgs in extra innings, despite out hitting them 9-7.

During the regular season Lamont faced the Dawgs twice and finished with a no decision in both games.  His ERA against the Dawgs is 2.26, allowing seven runs on 11 hits, while striking out 10.  His only appearance during the championship tournament was against the Mariners on Friday, throwing 1.2 innings, striking out four.


Coyotes Drop a Friday Pair


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The Coyotes suffered two losses on Friday at the CCBC Championship tournament in Lethbridge.

Friday morning the Coyotes fell 5-3 to the VIBI Mariners, Tanner Collins was hit the loss.

The Mariners scored twice in the first and third, before the Coyotes answered with a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth.  Troy Fisher collecting a two-out, two-run single.

Tyler Pentland drove in a single run in the sixth inning to pull the Coyotes to within two, however that’s as close as they would come.

In the night cap the Coyotes faced the PBA Dawg and lost 6-5 in extra innings.

The Coyotes scored twice in the fourth when Brandon Graham singled home Bryan Elias, before Garrett Wiese scored an unearned run.

After the Dawgs took the lead in the home half of the fourth, the Coyotes score three times in the sixth to regain the lead.

Once again Graham singled home Elias before Joel Lamont doubled home Graham and Braeden Heyland.

The Coyotes bullpen however couldn’t hold the lead as the Dawgs scored two runs in their final at bat to propel the game into extra innings.  There, the Dawgs scored in the bottom of the ninth off Cole Parusinni to claim the victory.

The Coyotes fall to 1-2 in the CCBC Championship tournament and will face the University of Calgary Dinos on Saturday at 3:00pm MST. It’s their final game in the round robin portion.


Coyotes Open With Win


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The Coyotes started the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) championship tournament in Lethbridge strong on Thursday, blasting the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack 11-3.

After the Wolfpack scored once in the bottom of the first, Coyotes starter Marcus Drewry completely closed the door, throwing a complete game. The First Team All- CCBC allowed just six hits while striking out seven.

The Coyotes offense exploded for four runs in the third, a pair of runs in each of the fifth and sixth, then scored three more in the seventh.

Junior Bryan Elias led the charge with two hits and three RBIs, while Derek Shedden, Braeden Heyland, Joel Lamont and Tyler Pentland each had two hits in the contest.  Heyland also had two RBIs, while Pentland scored three times.

The Coyotes (1-0) will face the Vancouver Island Baseball institute Mariners (1-0) on Friday morning at 10:00am.  Tanner Collins will get the start for the Coyotes. He was 1-0 during the regular season against the Mariners, throwing a complete game on April 13, striking out eight.

Also on Friday the Coyotes will face the three time defending champion Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs at 8:00pm.  The starter is still to be determined.


Six Coyotes Win League Awards


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Six players from the Coyotes were honoured on Thursday morning by the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) as the championship tournament is set to get underway on Thursday afternoon.

The CCBC named infielder Garrett Wiese and starting pitcher Marcus Drewry to the First Team All-CCBC Team.

Drewry (pictured) tied the league lead with five wins on the campaign, finishing 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA, striking out 19.  He threw three complete games, 38 innings and allowed just 11 earned runs.

Wiese was a leader during the regular season for the Yotes.  He was one of only three players league wide with 94 at bats, finishing with a .309 average.  He was third in the CCBC with 29 hits.  The senior also collected four doubles, two triples a homerun and 15 RBIs.

Four Coyotes were named to the Second Team All-CCBC Team; infielder Derek Shedden, outfielder Brandon Graham, starting pitcher Austin Orsted and infielder Aaron Gasiorowski.

Shedden in his freshman year finished with a .278 average after 90 at bats.  He collected 25 hits, two triples, 12 RBIs and had a team high nine steals.

Graham won the CCBC award for most RBIs in a season with 20.  He finished his sophomore season with a .272 average, 22 hits, two homeruns in 81 at bats.

Gasiorowski hit .300 in 13 games in his freshman year.  He tallied 12 hits, a double and three RBIs.

Orsted was simply awesome in his freshman season.  He finished 1-1 in five appearance, threw one complete game and collected a team low 2.42 ERA.  He struck out 19 while throwing 26 innings.

The Coyotes open the championship tournament on Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm when they face the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.


Championship Preview


With a 15-13 regular season record, the Coyotes finished third in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) and will travel to Lethbridge this weekend to compete in the championship tournament.

The Yotes will open the round robin portion of the championship on Thursday afternoon at 4:00pm when they face the top ranked Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.

On Friday the Coyotes will play a doubleheader starting with the VIBI Mariners at 10:00am, followed by a date with the three-time defending champion and host PBA Dawgs at 8:00pm.

The Coyotes face the University of Calgary Dinos in their lone Saturday game at 3:00pm.

The team with the best record following the round robin will automatically advance to the championship game while the two teams with the next best records will play in the semi-final on Sunday morning.

The championship game is scheduled for 1:00pm on Sunday.

Fans can follow every game of the CCBC championships tournament HERE.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with Head Coach Geoff White to preview the finals.


Series Split in Wiese’s Farewell


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The Coyotes concluded their 28 game regular season over the weekend and earned a split.

Saturday afternoon Marcus Drewry improved to 5-0 as the Yotes hung on for a 6-5 win over the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.  Drewry threw six solid innings, allowing two unearned runs, scattering six hits and struck out six.

The Coyotes bullpen made things interesting giving up three runs in the final two innings, but Brandon Becking pick up the save recording the final two outs in the ninth.

Offensively Garrett Wiese (pictured) finished with two hits and three RBIs, Aaron Barrett had a pair of hits and Derek Shedden drove in two.

Saturday night the Coyotes matched up with the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners.  The clubs each traded a four run inning, the Coyotes in the bottom of the third, before the Mariners tied it in the top of the fifth.  The teams each scored a run in the eighth, setting the tables for extra innings.

In the top of the 11th the flood gates opened and the Mariners scored seven runs, securing a 12-5 victory.

Coyotes’ starter Austin Orsted finished with a no decision, tossing six innings, allowing just one earned run, five hits and struck out nine.

Troy Fisher led the offensive attack with three hits and an RBI, while Shedden collected two hits including a triple and drove in three.

On Sunday the Coyotes matched up with the same two teams.  Prior to the morning game the Coyotes honoured senior Garrett Wiese playing in his final regular season games.  Wiese has started all but four games over the course of his four years in the program.

After the Mariners scored in the top of the first off starter Zach Burlon, Jordan Britnell tied it with his first homer of the season.

The clubs each traded a run in the sixth as Britnell singled home Bryan Elias.

For the second consecutive day the Coyotes and Mariners played in extra innings and the Mainers claimed a 3-2 victory scoring the top of the 10th off reliever Taylor Thomas.

Britnell collected two hits, his first homerun of the season, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored.  Tyler Pentland also had two hits, including his first double of the season.
Burlon threw eight innings in the no decision striking out nine.

Then the final game of the regular season against the Wolfpack, Joel Lamont earned a complete game shutout as the Coyotes claimed a 1-0 victory in a rain shorted game.  He allowed two hits and struck out seven.

Fittingly, Wiese scored the winning run in his final regular season game, as Braedan Heyland knocked him in.

The Coyotes finish the regular season 15-13, currently in third.  However the Mainers and PBA Dawgs have six games to make up and will do so on Monday and Tuesday, weather permitting in Lethbridge.

The Yotes will travel to Lethbridge on Wednesday in preparation for the championship tournament.