Easter Weekend Classic

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The Coyotes have won five of their last six and will look to continue their hot play as they will host their inaugural “Easter Weekend Classic” featuring all five Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) this weekend at Elks Stadium.

The Classic begins on Friday at 4:00pm as the Yotes will host the University of Calgary Dinos in a make-up game.    The two clubs will face each other again immediately following the first game part of a doubleheader.

Saturday there are only two games scheduled, the first at 3:00pm as the Coyotes host the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners (VIBI).   Last weekend the Coyotes won three of the four games in Nanaimo.

The second game on Saturday will feature the Mariners and the Dinos at 6:00pm.

Easter Sunday will see a full slate of games beginning at 10:00am as the Mariners match-up with the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (PBA).  The day will conclude with the Dawgs facing the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack at 7:00pm.

The Yotes are the only team without a game on Sunday, but will conclude the weekend on Monday with two games at 10:30am versus the Dawgs and at 4:00pm against the Wolfpack.

Admission at the front gate is $5.00 per game, or $20.00 for the weekend.

The full schedule of the Easter Weekend Classic is as follows:

Friday:
4:00pm- OC vs Dinos (7IP) – make-up game from the regular season
6:30pm- OC vs Dinos (7IP)

Saturday:
3:00pm- OC vs Mariners (9IP)
6:00pm- Dinos vs Mariners (9IP)

Sunday:
10:00am- Mariners vs Dawgs (7IP)
1:00pm- Mariners vs Dinos (7IP)
4:00pm- Dinos vs Wolfpack (7IP)
7:00pm- Dawgs vs Wolfpack (7IP)

Monday:
10:30am- OC vs Dawgs (7IP)
1:00pm- Wolfpack vs Dawgs (7IP)
4:00pm- OC vs Wolfpack (7IP)

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Sunday Sweep

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One run in the fourth inning was all Coyotes’ starter Tanner Collins would need as the Yotes shutout the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) Mariners 1-0.

Collins was the story of the game, throwing a complete game shutout for his first win of the campaign.  He scattered six hits and struck out eight on route to the victory.

The Coyotes scored their lone run in the top of the fourth as Garrett Wiese (picture, Greystoke Photography) scored an unearned run following his one out walk.  The offense only tallied three hits.

In game 2 of the Sunday doubleheader, the Coyotes needed 11 innings to defeat the Mariners 9-5 and win three of four over the weekend in Nanaimo.

After the Mariners jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first two innings, the Coyotes started to claw back.  They scored single runs in the third and fourth innings on a bases loaded walk and a Joel Lamont RBI base hit.

Starter Marcus Drewry settled in after giving up five runs, not allowing another run to score in his next three innings of work.  He turned it over to the bullpen, as Austin Orsted, Taylor Thomas and Brandon Becking combined to allow just two hits over the next six innings.

The offense tied the game in the eighth on a two out RBI single by Wiese.  The run was unearned.

Then in the top of the 11th, the Coyotes scored four times with two out to seal the victory.  Three of the four runs were unearned and Brock Chilton recorded an RBI single.

Becking collected his first win of the spring, coming on in relief and throwing two perfect innings.

The Coyotes pounded 18 hits in the ball game. Wiese collected three hits and three RBIs, while Adam Gasiorowski finished with four hits.  Derek Shedden, Joel Lamont and Chilton each had multi-hit games.

The Coyotes (7-8), who have won five of their last six will finally return home and open the CCBC Easter Weekend tournament on Friday.

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Coyotes Win One, Lose One

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Joel Lamont worked quickly and efficiently and the Coyotes offense took advantage of their opportunities in a 5-3 win against the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) Mariners on Saturday.

Lamont collected his second win of the spring with a complete game six hitter, while striking out five.

The Yotes offense was outhit 6-5, however took advantage of sloppy defense and scored four unearned runs.  Sophomore Brandon Graham led the charge with two hits, an RBI and a run scored.  Bryan Elias and Clay Davis each had a hit and a run scored.

In game two of the doubleheader on Saturday, the starting pitchers looked untouchable until the sixth inning.  Coyotes’ starter Zach Burlon (pictured) scattered six hits, while Jorhn Kaluzniak of the Mariners allowed just one hit and struck out 10.

The Mariners offense touched Burlon in the bottom of the sixth, chasing him after scoring two runs.  Freshman Cole Parusinni struggled out of the pen giving up four runs on four hits in the inning.

The Mariners evened the weekend series with a 6-0 victory.

Graham and Derek Shedden collected the lone hits for the Coyotes.

The two clubs will match up for another doubleheader on Sunday.    Tanner Collins and Marcus Drewry are the scheduled starters.

The Coyotes are back at home on Friday April 18 when they host the other four teams in the CCBC for the Easter Weekend Tournament.

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Coyotes – Mariners Preview

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The Coyotes will travel on the road AND ferry this weekend with a trip to Nanaimo to face the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) Mariners in a four game series.

It’s the first series with the Mariners this spring.  Last season the Yotes were 5-3 against their island rivals.

This series could be high scoring, as both teams have a struggling pitching staff.  The Yotes have the highest team ERA at 5.66, while the M’s have the second highest at 5.06.

Offensively the Coyotes have hit .244 as a team, led by sophomore Braeden Heyland and his .353 average and his league leading nine RBIs.  Senior Garrett Wiese has a team leading 13 hits and a .355 average, collecting five RBIs.

The Mariners (2-4) have three players in the CCBC’s top 10, led by Cody Pendergast and his .409 average.   Infielder Tyson Dyck is hitting .389 with a homer and three RBIs, while infielder Gobind Sall is hitting at a .368 clip in only 19 at bats.

The Coyotes (4-7) who are coming off two straight wins at TRU will send 1-0 righty Joel Lamont the mound in Game 1 on Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm.  Lefty Zach Burlon will get the start in Game 2.

Sunday will see another doubleheader as righty Tanner Collins and his league leading 22 strikeouts will throw for the Yotes and 2-0 righty Marcus Drewry will start the final game on Sunday at 1:30pm.

The Coyotes final return home for the CCBC’s Easter Weekend tournament at Elks Stadium beginning Good Friday, April 18th.

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Coyotes Crazy Split

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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.

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Coyotes On The Road

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The Okanagan College Coyotes hit the road this weekend for a four game series in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).  The Yotes will face the Wolfpack twice and the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (PBA) twice.

The weekend will open against the Dawgs (5-1) on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm as 1-0 righty Joel Lamont takes to the bump.   He faced the Dawgs on March 23 and had a solid outing, finishing with a no decision, after five innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out five.

Game 2 on Saturday afternoon will feature the first match-up of the season between the Coyotes and the TRU Wolfpack (3-1).   0-1 righty Tanner Collins is looking for his first win, despite leading the staff with 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings of work.  First pitch is scheduled 5:00pm at Norbrook Park in Kamloops.

It will be an early morning on Sunday for the Coyotes with a 9:00am game against the Dawgs.  1-0 righty Marcus Drewry will get the ball.  The junior is coming off a complete game victory over the University of Calgary last weekend.  He was dominate, allowing just two runs, scattering seven hits in an 11-3 win.

Then Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm the Coyotes will conclude the weekend with their second game against the Wolfpack.  Veteran lefty Zach Burlon will get the start, looking for his first win.

Through the first two weeks of the season the offense has been led by senior Garrett Wiese and his .360 average and four RBIs over his team leading 25 plate appearances. Sophomore Braedan Heyland has been solid in his 16 plate appearances, hitting at a .375 clip with three runs driven in.  Sophomore Brandon Graham has also been good with a .357 average and a team leading four doubles.

This weekend marks the first of two straight weekends on the road for the Coyotes, who don’t play another home game until the CCBC Easter weekend tournament.

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Coyotes “Prospect” Hunting

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With the turn of the calendar the Coyotes will host the Edmonton Prospects on Wednesday night at Elks Stadium in an exhibition tilt.

“We’re looking forward to playing them again,” says head coach Geoff White.  “They are a good club and we have to get back to executing what we want to do in preparation for this coming weekend.”

These two clubs played in three tight one-run games just prior to the regular season at Elks Stadium.

This exhibition game will give the pitchers a chance to work against live hitters, while the offense will continue to work on their craft in a live game, rather than in the cage.

The Prospects are in Kelowna preparing for the Kamloops “Best of the West” tournament that begins on Friday.

The Coyotes (2-5) are also in Kamloops this weekend as the regular season resumes. They will face Thompson Rivers University (3-1) for the first time this season and the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (5-1).

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Coyotes Lose in Extras

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Sunday afternoon the Coyotes hosted the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs to conclude the weekend series falling 3-2 in extra innings.

It was the most competitive game between these two teams so far this season as Yotes starter Austin Orsted threw a complete game, seven hitter and struck out three.

The Coyotes scored first in the bottom of the second, before the teams traded runs in the third.  The Dawgs tied the game again in the fifth, forcing extra innings before a double brought in the winning run.

In the bottom half of the eighth the Coyotes loaded the bases, but Joel Lamont struck out to end the game.

Adam Gasiorowski led the charge with three hits and an RBI, while Bryan Elias collected two hits and an RBI.

The Coyotes will play the Edmonton Prospects  on Wednesday at 6:30pm at Elks Stadium.

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Tough Saturday for Yotes

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It was a tough Saturday for the Coyotes dropping both games against the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs and the University of Calgary Dinos.

The Dawgs used a five run first inning on route to a 12-1 victory.  They jumped on the Coyotes and starter Zack Burlon scoring five times on five hits, three of those runs coming with two out.

Burlon then settled in and retired the next 10 batters, before allowing two more runs in the top of the fifth.

The Yotes offense struggled against the sinker ball pitcher Mack Major.  He recorded his first victory of season with a complete game gem, allowing just four hits.

The Dawgs tacked out five more runs in the top of the sixth, sending 10 men to the plate. The inning was highlighted by a grand slam from Ren Visser off reliever Zac Yandeau.

The lone run the Coyotes scored was unearned as Garrett Wiese came across on a throwing error.

In the night cap against the Dinos, the Coyotes allowed six runs in the final two innings, losing 10-5.

After the Dinos scored twice in the top of the first inning off starter Tanner Collins, the home side tied it in the bottom of the inning on a two out-two run double from Braedan Heyland.

The Yotes scored two more the next inning on an RBI from Joel Lamont and a wild pitch.

After Collins left the game following the sixth inning in a 4-4 tie, the Dinos got to the Coyotes bullpen.  Taylor Thomas allowed two runs in the eighth, while Brandon Becking surrendered three earned runs in the top of the ninth.  Thomas was tagged with the loss.

Offensively the Coyotes were lead by Heyland who finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Lamont had two hits and drove in two.

The Coyotes (2-4) will conclude the weekend on Sunday at 12:30 with another game against the Dawgs (3-0).  Austin Orstead will get his first start.

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Saturday Game of the Month

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After their first two wins of the season on Friday, beating the University of Calgary Dinos 5-0 and 11-3, the Coyotes (2-2) will host the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs (2-0) at noon on Saturday.

The game is also the RyanWatters.ca March Game of the Month.  Ryan will provide a free video broadcast stream of the game.

Zach Burlon (0-1) will get the start for the Yotes.

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The Yotes will also host the Dinos again at 6:00pm.  However this game will not be streamed.

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