The weather has turned, but that hasn’t stopped the Coyotes from preparing for the 2023 season. The offseason programming has begun and it won’t be long before the fields are clear and season begins.
The Coyotes are coming off a fantastic fall. The group had a busy schedule that included a trip to California and Nevada where the team played five NCAA Division 1 programs. Sacramento State University, University of Pacific, University of California-Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and the University of Nevada-Reno were the five stops.
“It was a tremendous experience for our players,” says Head Coach Geoff White. “To get an opportunity to compete at the highest level of college baseball was exciting for our group.” The Coyotes had a chance to play in some historic fields, face some very highly regarded MLB draft prospects, and get a private tour of Oracle Field, home of the San Francisco Giants.
“It has always been a major goal of our program to provide experiences that will last a lifetime, this was one of those trips that players can look back on and appreciate,” adds White.
The Coyotes now shift focus to the offseason which will take place from November thru to March.
“We are very happy with our group of players, the starting point we were at September 1 was encouraging and where we ended up at the end of October was even better. There is always lots of room for growth as individuals and the team, but we will be working diligently to be prepared for the CCBC conference season at the end of March, we are definitely not content on where we finished the fall.” says White.
Some notable returnees for the Coyotes for the 2023 season are right handed Pitchers, Gavin Wuschke, Koal Erickson and Corey Lawson. Lawson is coming off the 2022 campaign being named “Reliever of the Year” after posting a 0.49 ERA.
“These three we expect will be relied up this coming season to lead the pitching staff which has been a big part of our success.” adds White.
At the plate, returning senior catcher Caleb Lumbard will anchor a solid defensive line up that will have a different look than the 2022 Championship team. At the top of the order Nolan Rivard and Ryan Dousett will be looked upon to jumpstart the offence.
“We have a nice blend of older upper class-men and younger freshman sophomores that have showed at times in the fall of what we are capable of. It will be exciting as a group on what we can accomplish in 2023.” finishes White.
The Canadian College Baseball Conference will be announcing their 2023 schedule before the new year, with the Canadian College World Series announced for Lethbridge, Alberta over the May 18-22 at Spitz Stadium. The last time the Coyotes were there they celebrated another National Championship, sweeping the tournament 4-0 with a 5-0 Championship game win. Stay tuned for more updates and information as it is released.
The Okanagan College will be back on the field starting Labour Day Monday. Coming off their 2022 National Championship at the Canadian College World Series in May the Coyotes are poised to continue their winning ways. The Coyotes have won 3 of the last 4 championships, with 2020 being missed due to COVID.
“2022 was a special group, but now we are looking forward to the incoming group.” Says Head Coach Geoff White. “With a new year brings new challenges, new players, and new opportunity for players.”
2022 the Coyotes finished with an overall record of 39-8, 25-5 in conference and sweeping the Canadian College World Series with 4 straight wins. The team set records in many departments including wins, team batting average (.313), team E.R.A (3.05) and many more.
The Coyotes were also recognized in post season Canadian College Baseball Conference awards with multiple awards. Jayden Clayton (North Vancouver, BC, Senior, RHP) was named Pitcher of the Year. Cory Lawson (Calgary, AB, Freshman, RHP) was named Reliever of the Year. Chris Wyslobocki (Etobicoke, ON, Senior, RHP) was named Senior of the Year. Brendan Luther (Toronto, ON, Senior, INF) was named Co-MVP of the Conference after hitting .426 on the season. Named to the 1st team all-conference were OC Coyotes, Jayden Clayton, Chris Wyslobocki, Nolan King, Ryan Dousett, Brendan Luther, McCoy Pearce. Caleb Lumbard was voted a member of the 2nd team All-Conference.
Looking ahead at this season the Coyotes are looking forward to a new set of challenges in the fall. The team will head south to the San Francisco/ Bay Area to face five NCAA Division One programs. The Coyotes will face off against Sacramento State University Hornets, University of Pacific Tigers, University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears, San Jose State University Spartans, and University of Nevada- Reno Wolfpack.
“We are extremely excited for this opportunity for the Coyotes program,” says White. “We have been working diligently to get this point where we can face the highest level of college baseball. These are excellent, wining programs in Division One baseball and should be a fantastic experience and challenge for our program.” The Coyotes will come together on Monday September 5th for their first official workout. Their first game in the fall exhibition season will take on Friday September 9th in their annual Red vs Black intersquad. Full fall schedule is posted at www.okanagancollegebaseball.ca
The Okanagan College Coyotes will take a big step this fall. The Coyotes will head down south to the San Francisco Bay are to play five NCAA Division One programs. Over the Thanksgiving weekend and for 8 days the Coyotes will face some top college baseball programs.
“We are extremely excited as a program for this opportunity,” says Head Coach Geoff White, “we have been working hard for several years to get to this point to go and play the highest level of college baseball.”
The Coyotes will kick the trip off against Western Athletic Conference perennial powerhouse, Sacramento State University Hornets on Monday October 10th. The Coyotes will then head down the road to Stockton, California against the University of Pacific Tigers, member of the West Coast Conference October 11th.
October 12th the team will head a little further west to play PAC 12 and historic University of California-Berekley Golden Bears. October 13th San Jose State Spartans will be the opponent, member of the Mountain West Conference.
The Coyotes will wrap up the Division One schedule on Friday October 14th in Reno, Nevada against the University of Nevada-Reno Wolfpack. The Wolfpack are also a member of the Mountain West Conference.
“We have some excellent programs we will get a chance to compete against,” says White. “We are excited about our 2022-2023 group of returners and freshman, but we have lots of work to do to prepare for these games.”
The trip will wrap up in Ontario, Oregon against the Treasure Valley College Chukars. The Chukars are a member of the NWAC Junior College circuit.
The # 1 seed Okanagan College Coyotes claimed their second CCBC National title over the # 2 Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs in the championship game at the 2022 Canadian College World Series. The PBA Dawgs would battle in three elimination games to reach the final, while the Coyotes won three straight to advance to the championship game, where they had to be beaten twice.
The Coyotes would lean on senior right handed pitcher Chris Wyslobocki (Etobicoke, ON) for his last start in a Coyotes uniform. Wyslobocki would go 8 shutout innings in just 79 pitches while Coyotes right field Nolan King (Regina, SK) hit a 2 run blast in the 6th to give the Coyotes a little breathing room. 2 runs would be added in the bottom of the 8th on sacrifice flies by Nolan King, and Clark Swift to push the score to 5-0 heading into the 9th. Freshman Corey Lawson (Calgary, AB) for the Yotes would come on a shut the door in the final frame.
This is the second National title for the Coyotes, along with winning the 2021 Fall Championship with a perfect record which took place due to missing the 2021 spring from COVID.
The Coyotes have wrapped up the 2022 season and finished with a program record of 25-5. Over the seven sets of games the Coyotes won or swept every single series against the other 7 CCBC opponents.
Shortstop Brendan Luther has led the way at the plate finishing the regular season with a batting average of .429, while Senior Pitchers Chris Wyslobocki and Jayden Clayton finished top 3 in the conference in E.R.A and wins.
The Coyotes will now set their sights on the Canadian College World Series in Lethbridge, Alberta at Spitz Stadium. The last time the Coyotes won was in 2018 and in 2019 fell short in the final.
“It has been a tremendous season with lots of great accomplishments as a program.” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “We still have a tournament to work for, so we are remaining focused on preparing for that.”
After 2 weeks of play your Okanagan College Coyotes sit a top the CCBC standings. With a 7-1 record. The Coyotes have 5 players hitting above .350 this season, with McCoy Pearce leading the way with an impressive .485 average. Over the weekend, the Coyotes won 3 of 4 games against the VIU Mariners. After falling behind late in game 1, the Coyotes were unable to recover losing 8-4.
Game 2 was a much better for the Coyotes, led by Sr. Brett Reid (Exeter, ON) and Jr. Sean Dunn (Fort McMurray, AB) on the mound the Coyotes took game 2 11-6. On the offensive side Sr. Caleb Lumbard (Regina, Sk) paced the offence going 2-3 with 4 RBI.
In game 3 the Coyotes got out to a quick 5-0 lead, scoring all 5 runs in the first 4 innings. Sr. Jayden Clayton ( North Vancouver, BC) went 6 strong innings eventually exiting with a 5-3 lead. The Mariners would score another in the 8th before eventually being shutdown by Fr. Gavin Wuschke (Regina, Sk) who earned his first career CCBC save. The offence had 8 hits and took advantage of 4 VIU errors to capture the win.
The final game of the matchup had So. Adam Sarafinchan (Kelowna, BC) continue his strong start to the 2022 campaign. Sarafinchan went 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 11. Sr. Connor Robbins (Calgary, AB) and Fr. Cory Lawson (Calgary, AB) would finish the game on the mound for the Coyotes. Sr. Brendan Luther (Toronto, ON) tallied 3 hits and Fr. Adrian Orioli had 3 RBI to help secure the Coyotes to an 11-5 win.
The Coyotes will look to continue their success this weekend against a tough University of Calgary squad. All games to be streamed on Okanagan College Coyotes Youtube.
With the 2022 Canadian College Baseball Conference season quickly approaching, we have caught up with all 8 of our teams as they continue to prepare for what is sure to be a competitive and action filled season. With this year gearing up to be the first season since the 2018-2019, each club has several new faces since the last time teams duelled on the diamond. There is no doubt that each team believes that they have what it takes to be crowned the 2022 Champions. The fall tournament allowed for teams to get a first look at the talent from across the league. With just a small sample size each coach was given the tough task of predicting a ranking for the upcoming season. After a strong fall in which the Okanagan College Coyotes were victorious in the 2021 Fall Championships. According to our poll the Coyotes are favourites to continue their success into the spring. As seen in years past anything can happen and no team should be counted out. With a competitive year on deck, we look forward to seeing the competitiveness of Canadian baseball once again!
Over the next few weeks each team will highlighted with players to watch and what to expect from the teams come game time.
The 2022 season get underway April 1st, as The Edmonton Collegiate Hawks battle the Okanagan College Coyotes at Elks Stadium.
After a fall season packed with well over forty games including an undefeated CCBC Fall championship, the Coyotes aren’t slowing down any time soon as they head into November and December. With practices and work-outs being split between the Rutland Bubble and the indoor cages at Elks Stadium, the Coyotes have begun their detailed, individual off-season programs designed by Coach Johnson.
Catchers are getting better every week under Coach Swanson improving their receiving and blocking day by day. The hitters, led by Coach White and Coach Johnson, are fine-tuning their swings and putting in quality reps, wanting to get better every day. The pitchers are excited to commit to their off-season plyo training under Coach Johnson and their dedication and eagerness to improve have already led to significant progress.
Check our social media feeds for pictures, videos and all kinds of updates throughout the off-season.
Congrats to Team Red for winning the Okanagan College Fall World Series. Led by captains, Brendan Luther, Aiden Mordecai, and Elias Erdman, Team Red came out of the round-robin as the number one seed, earning a bye to the finals. In the finals, led by Mordecai on the mound and a complete team effort on offense, Team Red took down Team Black to finish as the 2021 Fall World Series champions.
A quick update on the Okanagan Baseball Survivor Football Pool Fundraiser. We are down to our last 5 members with 8 weeks left. Stay tuned for the winner of that one.
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