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Record Book Posted

Okanagan College Coyotes are about to kick off their 7th season in the CCBC.  Check out our new record page to see who holds school records at the plate and on the mound.



Coyotes Wrap Up Road Trip

The Coyotes put 8300+ kms on the bus during their recent 13 day tour of the west coast.  With 14 games under their belts the Coyotes felt like progress was made.  “Any time you play that amount of games in 8 days it is going to be tough.  I was really happy with the level we competed at, we still have areas to improve in, but generally speaking it was a solid trip.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Coyotes started their trip in the Los Angeles area against some four year Universities where they went 2-5 in the first half of the road trip.  Marcus Drewry (Pictured- Photo credit-John Pentland) picked up his first wDrewryin of the season against St Katherines College, while Brandon Becking picked up his first win against the same SKC team.

“The LA portion of the trip was new for us and faced some four year programs and managed to scrap out some wins.  Despite opponents swinging metal bats we were competitive in all of the games.” says White.

Following the LA portion the Coyotes made a quick stop in Coolidge, Arizona (south of Phoenix) for a double header with national power Central Arizona College.  The Vaqueros proved to be to much for the Yotes and swept the two game series in convincing fashion.

“The Central Arizona set is always tough, they are a very good team that make very few mistakes and capitalizes when they get chances.  It is a great opportunity to face to excellent pitching and competition.” finishes White.

After a quick stop in Phoenix the Coyotes would finish up the schedule in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The College of Southern Nevada hosts their annual Presidents Day Weekend tournament that has some of the best programs in the country descend on the bright lights.  The Coyotes would start the weekend out on the right foot with an extra inning win over Northwestern Colorado College.  Game 2 would see the Coyotes face College of Southern Nevada considered one of the top teams in 2015.  CSN starter was a 1st round MLB pick in 2013 and considered to be a top pick in 2015 who limited the Coyotes to just 6 hits.  Game 3 against Salt Lake CC saw Drewry return to the mound only to fall with a 5-0 loss and move to 1-1 on the season.  Game 4 to wrap up the trip was with the same CSN team that saw Joel Lamont take a no hit bid into the 5th inning before eventually surrendering a hit.  The final game finished 8-0 in favour of CSN who scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th.

“The Las Vegas portion is always tough.  Teams their have deep pitching staffs with some very talented players.  I was pleasantly surprised with our at bats facing some of the top prospects in the country.  If we can bring that level 0f focus every at bat we will be fine this year.” finishes White.

Next up for the Coyotes is their home opener against Eastern Washington University March 7th and 8th at Elks Stadium.  Game time is set for 2:30pm March 7th.

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Coyotes Win Season Opener

Coyotes open the season with a 7-4 win over St Katherines College in Escondido, California.  Marcus Drewry held SKC to 3 runs to pick up his first win of the season.  Joel Lamont threw two strong innings in relief to wrap up the opener.  Logan Wedgewood led the Coyotes offense going a 2-4 with  1 RBI, 1 double and one stolen base.  Bryan Elias went 2-2, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, SB and 2 base on balls. (Drewry pictured-photo credit-John Pentland)Drewry

In the night cap the Coyotes fell 14-2 when the defense made some costly errors and couldn’t hold down SKC’s offense.  Wedgewood led the attack going 1-2 with an RBI.  Austin Orsted took the loss in 3 innings work.  Will Russell and Garret Perlette worked out of the pen.

Coyotes are back at it Sunday at 3:00pm with another double header with the same St Katherines team.  Weekend wrap up to posted Sunday night


2015 Season Preview- Continued- Outfield and Catchers


With an experienced group of upperclassmen tracking flyballs around the outfield in 2015, the Coyotes will look upon senior centerfielder main-story-banner-OC-Apr20-recapBryan Elias, pictured below, (Senior, OF, North Delta, BC) to lead the way.  Elias back for his fourth and final season will be looking to end his career on a high note.  “Bryan played with a broken thumb in 2014 which obviously was tough statistically, he is our leader in the outfield and an offensive catalyst for us at the top of the order, comments Head Coach Geoff White.  “Bryan is a good defender who can cover lots ground and has a strong and accurate arm, he is an important piece of the puzzle.”
Other upper classmen returners are Brandon Graham, pictured below, (Junior, OF, Prince George, BC), Aaron Barret (Sophomore, OF, Saskatoon, SK), Ryo Shishido (Sophomore, OF, Osaka, JP), Sam Visona (Sophomore, OF, Port Alberni, BC).
“Graham had a good summer and continues to get stronger, he has the ability to hbanner-BrandonGrahamit for power and has improved his arm tremendously since entering the program.” adds White.
“Barret, Visona and Shishido are three guys we are going to reply upon for a variety of roles, all of them can run and steal bases which will give us options of the bench if they are not already out there.”
Mike Rogers (Freshman, OF, Chilliwack, BC),Anthony Rattigan (Freshman, OF, Toronto, ON) and Paul Pereversoff (Freshman, OF, Penticton, BC) are three red shirt freshman that are back to contribute and take the next step.  Rogers is a two way right handed pitcher and outfielder that has made significant gains since entering the program.  “Rogers continues to develop, he  might surprise some teams with his bat, he has a tremendous work ethic and it has put him in a position to be a big part of our offense.” adds Coach White.
Rattigan who comes to Kelowna from the Etobicoke Rangers, showed he is ready to take the next step after having a good summer and strong fall.  “Rattigan is one of the fastest players on our team, his made has made serious progress since his first day in the program.” finishes White
Pereversoff joined the program in January 2014.  He played summer baseball in Kelowna and added some valuable experience which will help him contribute for the Coyotes. “Pereversoff is another right handed bat that will give us options, we have always liked his swing and has potential.”
New faces to the Coyotes outfield are locals Davis Todostichuk (Freshman, OF, Kelowna, BC) and Jeremy Buckley (Freshman, OF, Kelowna, BC).  Todostichuk comes from the Okanagan Athletics PBL program while Buckley is coming off a season with the West Kelowna Diamondbacks.  “I have seen Davis for a couple of years now and he might be one the best defensive center fielders in the province.  He can flat out go get it and has a strong arm.” says White.
“Buckley has some tools, he can run, he is still young and has time to develop.” adds White. “The outfield is deep this year and it will be interesting, we have a nice blend of left and right handed hitters and guys that can do other things like defend and steal some bases.”
A major part of any team starts with a solid catching core.  TylerPentland-Coyotes2013-webTyler Pentland (Senior, C, North Delta, BC) is wrapping up his college career n in 2015.  He will be looked upon to lead the defense and work with the pitching staff.  “Tyler has been our main guy behind the plate for four years, he really works well with the staff and can shut down opposing teams running game.” adds Coach White.  banner-BrockChilton-catcherBrock Chilton (Sophomore, C, Port Coquitlam, BC) will be the other main stay behind the plate.  “Brock has come a long way, and continues to make strides.  He will be a valuable part of the catching core.” finishes White.  Other catcher Logan Wedgewood (Junior, INF/C, Edmonton, AB) will also be in the mix as a utility player.
“It is going to be a great spring.  We as a team have extremely high expectations for 2015. With the work we have put in, and the schedule that will prepare us for the Championships, we are all excited to get going next week.” concludes White.
Tyler Pentland- Pictured Left.  Brock Chilton pictured below



2015 Season Preview Continued- Infielders


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.



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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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

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