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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.