CSN Tops Coyotes

The Coyotes came back through Las Vegas February 15th and squared off with the # 4 College of Southern Nevada.  Trevor Brigden (Junior, RHP, Toronto, ON) took the ball for his first start of the season and battled a scrappy CSN lineup that scored 3 runs off of him.  Aiden Mordecai (Soph, RHP, Langley, BC) would come on in relief and throw well going 4 innings only giving up 1 unearned run.  Nick Lee (Fr, RHP, Victoria, BC) would throw a scoreless inning.

The offense would be lead by Trevor Mlait (Fr, OF, West Kelowna, BC) whos two out 2 RBI single would put the Coyotes down by 1 in the top of the 6th.  CSN pitchers were able to keep the Coyotes lineup off balance and limited them to just 6 hits.

“I thought we pitched well and made the plays defensively that should have been made.  A couple of small details ended up hurting us in the end with a pass ball for a run and a balk that put two runners in scoring position that would end of scoring.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Yotes will face off again against CSN today at 3:00pm and 6:00pm , both games have live play by play at csncoyotes.com

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CSI Walk Off in Extras

The Coyotes faced another tough loss on Sunday Feb 11th in Las Vegas at the hands of the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles.

Chris Wyslobocki (Freshman, RHP, Toronto,ON) took the ball for his first college start and battled through 4 innings work before handing the ball off to the bullpen.  The Eagles scored a single run in the 1st, 4 in the third to take an early 5-1 lead.

The Coyotes would claw back at the hands of Jared Frew (Senior, INF, Okotoks, AB) who hit his first homerun on the season, a grand slam over the right field wall.  He would add another RBI to his day in the 7th with a bases loaded walk.  The Coyotes would jump ahead 10-8 when a pass ball plated the 10th Coyote run.

Noah Wood-Jolivet (Soph, RHP, Whitby, ON) would follow Wyslobocki with an inning of work.  Jesse Poniewozik (Freshman, RHP, Edmonton, AB) would give up 1 run in the 6th in his inning and a third before handing the ball over to Trevor Bridgen (Junior, RHP, Toronto, ON).  Brigden would give up a run on a flare over the shortstop head to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Wyatt Hummel (Soph, RHP, West Kelowna, BC) came on the 10th to keep the Eagles in check but the Coyotes defense had a couple of lapses that would lead to the walk off win for the home team Eagles.

The final finished 11-10.

Next up for the Coyotes is Central Arizona College Vaqueros in Coolidge, AZ Feb 13th, @ 11:00am.

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Coyotes Fall to Yavapai

Yavapai College won 8-2 on Saturday Feb 10th

The Coyotes struggles in the first three innings as the Yavapai College Roughriders won game 3 of spring trip 8-2.  Aidan Mordecai (Sophomore, RHP) went 3 innings surrendering 7 runs, 3 earned and took his first loss of the season.  The bullpen came in behind and were able to contain the Roughriders to only 2 runs in remaining frames.  Trevor Brigden, (Senior, RHP), went two scoreless, while Nick Lee, (Freshman, RHP), went 3 innings giving up 1 unearned run.

Offensively the Coyotes were lead by utility player Noah Wood-Jolivet (Sophomore, UTIL) who went 3-4 with a double and scored 1 run.  Other Coyotes with hits were Jake Fischer (Junior, C) Dylan Faulkner (Freshman, INF).

“We made it tough on ourselves early in the game when we worked behind on the mound and made some errors on routine plays.” says Head Coach Geoff White. “Brigden and Lee threw well giving us a chance to get back into the game, but we haven’t clicked at the plate  and been struggling to put up quality at bats.”

Next up in the desert is a match up with the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles 9am Sunday Feb 11th @ CSN Morse Field.

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Season Preview – Outfielders

The last area of the team that we will cover will be the outfielders. This years OF class looks to be the fastest in OC history. They will make it very tough for the opposition to get extra base hits.

Returning from last years team and the leader of the outfield will be Davis Todosichuk (CF, SR, Kelowna, BC). In his first three seasons with the Coyotes, Davis has accumulated a .312 batting average in 94 games. He has 107 hits, 45 RBI, 2 homeruns and 45 stolen bases. He has been the leadoff hitter for the past two season and will look to continue that roll, setting the table for the rest of the offense. He also possesses one of the strongest and most accurate arms from the outfield. Opposing coaches know that when the ball is hit his way, to second guess sending the runner an extra base.

 

Davis Todosichuk

 

Also returning from last years team is Jeremy Buckley (LF, JR, Kelowna, BC). Over the past 3 seasons, Buckley has hit .247 in 97 games. He has improved greatly each year with the Coyotes and will look to be a threat both at the plate and on the base paths.

Jeremy Buckley

The other returning outfielder for the Coyotes is Alex Russell (OF/2B, Soph, Kelowna, BC). Russell has been more of a utility player for the Coyotes, playing both the outfield and second base. His strong defensive play give the Coyotes a good option late in the game.

New to the team this year are Damian Obrigewitch (OF, Fresh, Edmonton, AB), Chace Davidson (OF, Fresh, Saskatoon, SK), Elias Erdman (OF, Fresh, Quesnel, BC), Alex Dawson (RHP/OF, Fresh, Richmond, BC), and transfer Trevor Mlait (OF, Fresh, Kelowna, BC).

The Outfield depth is deep this year and one of the fastest OC has every had. They will be a huge part of the Coyotes success both on defense and offense.

This concludes our Season Preview. Next up for the Coyotes will be their Annual US Spring Training Trip, which sets them up against some of the best Junior College programs in the US. This includes #4 College of Southern Nevada, #7 Central Arizona College and #12 Yavapai College. All the games will be big tests for the Coyotes but will also offer great insight as to where the team sits with that level of competition and where they can improve heading into their Canadian College Baseball Conference Season.

Please follow the Coyotes on Twitter (@YotesBaseball) and Instagram (occoyotesbaseball) for live updates during games and the season.

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Season Preview – Infielders

The last two installments of our Season Preview covered the Pitchers and Catchers. We will now shift our focus to the Infielders.

Leading the infield will be 5th years Brandon Graham (3B, Prince George, BC),  Jared Dulaba (SS, Port Coquitlam, BC), and Jared Frew (1B, Calgary, AB).

Graham has been with the Coyotes since 2013. His main position had been Right Field but has made the transition to 3B for his final season. Coming into his final season he has played in 95 games batting .281 with 84 hits, 60 RBI and 7 homeruns. He will look to add to those solid numbers with a productive final season.

Brandon Graham

Dulaba came to the Coyotes in 2014. He has been the Coyotes starting short stop over the last 3 seasons. He came to the Coyotes as a 3B, but with his strong arm, he was able to make an easy transition to the middle of the infield. Dulaba has hit .211 in 85 games, amounting 55 hits, 36 RBI and 2 homeruns. He will be looked upon to be a leader of the team both on and off the field.

Jared Dulaba

Frew joined the Coyotes in 2015, transferring from Douglas College in Vancouver. So far with the Coyotes he has hit .255 in 53 games, he has 42 hits, 4 homeruns and 31 RBI. Frew brings a loud bat to the lineup with extra base power. He will be playing mostly first and second base this year but is versatile and can play anywhere in the infield.

Jared Frew

Also returning to the Coyotes infield are Bo Meiklejohn (1B/LHP, SR, Edmonton, AB), Eric Junnola (2B, JR, Okotoks, AB), Alex Russell (2B/OF, Soph, Kelowna, BC) and Noah Wood-Jolivet (2B/RHP, Soph, Toronto, ON).

The new faces in the infield are Dylan Faulkner (SS, Fresh, Kelowna, BC), Nick Postle (3B, Fresh, Victoria, BC), Nick Lee (SS/RHP, Fresh, Victoria, BC), Dakota Wheatley (1B, Fresh, Edmonton, AB) and Connor Leavitt (2B/RHP, Fresh, Airdrie, AB).

All the infielders will look to contribute to the success of the Coyotes in the 2018 season.

Next preview will look into the Outfield depth of the Coyotes.

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2018 Schedule Announced

The 2018 schedule has been released and features 58 games starting February 9th and completing May 14th in Kamloops.

The Coyotes will make their annual trip to the desert where they will face some excellent competition.  Three teams on their schedule have been named to the Perfect Game Preseason rankings,  #4 College of Southern Nevada, # 7 Central Arizona College, # 12 Yavapai College.

“We try and schedule the best competition as possible, and our preseason trip provides us with an opportunity to see that.” says Head Coach Geoff White. “Of the 14 games on Nevada and Arizona there isn’t a break in the schedule, its a serious challenge physically, but it is all worth it.”

After coming home the Coyotes will face an opponent they have not faced in 10 years.   Whalley Stadium will host the Coyotes against the Douglas College Royals.   The Royals are a junior college that play in the North West Athletic Conference which is based in Washington State and Oregon.

The Coyotes will then wrap up their non conference schedule at home in Elks Stadium, March 16-18 weekend against Edmonton.  Then the regular season will open March 24-25th weekend against the reigning champions the Prairie Baseball Academy from Lethbridge, AB.

“We will be excited to get back home and get ready for conference schedule, and to play the previous champion out of the gate will be a good test for us.” adds White.  The Coyotes will only face the PBA Dawgs the opening weekend and not see them again until playoffs.

The CCBC Regular season will feature 30 games against the 5 other league opponents, UFV Cascades, VIU Mariners, TRU Wolfpack, UofC Dinos, PBA Dawgs.

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Season Preview – Catchers

Our second installment of the season preview will look at the Catching Unit.

Last season the Coyotes leaned heavily on their starting catcher, Jake Fischer (C, JR, Edmonton, AB). In his first two seasons, Fischer has a batting average of .304 in 48 games, 52 hits, 4 Homeruns and 34 RBI. He has become one of the leaders in the clubhouse and will be looked upon to lead both the offense and be the general on defense.

Jake Fischer

Also returning to the Coyotes catching unit is Jacob Holland (C, Soph, West Kelowna, BC). Holland was the backup catcher last season, playing in 6 games.

Jacob Holland

New to the team this year is transfer Sean Robbins (C, Soph, Edmonton, AB). He had spent his freshman season south of the border at Hill College in Texas before joining the Coyotes. Robbins will definitely improve the depth of the catching unit, bringing excellent defense, a reliable bat and a strong competitive attitude.

Sean Robbins

Rounding out the Catchers are Chris Vlaj (C, Fresh, Nanaimo, BC) and Connor McCurdy (C, Fresh, Medicine Hat, AB). Both were a part of the Coyotes last season. They will both look to compete for innings and help the Coyotes win a championship.

Chris Vlaj

Connor McCurdy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next week we will highlight the Infielders.

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Season Preview – Pitching Staff

Another Okanagan College Coyotes Baseball season is upon us soon. Over the next few weeks leading up to their 10th Canadian College Baseball Conference season, we will be highlighting four areas of the team; Pitchers, Catchers, Infielders and Outfielders.

First up will be the Pitchers.

The 2017 season was a down one for the OC pitching staff. Their biggest fault was allowing too many walks, it would be the first time in 4 years not leading the league in least amount of walks. The staff was also hampered by injuries all season, which took toll down the stretch.

2018 will look to be an immediate rebound year as the core of the pitching staff has returned and also has added some solid freshman arms.

“Last season was a weird one for the pitching staff,” says Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. “We battled through some small injuries that didn’t go away, from forearm tendonitis, some shoulder discomfort, even ribs popping in and out. Not big things but enough that we struggled to keep guys consistently on the mound. Our relief pitchers had to log a lot of innings which isn’t what you always want. This year though will be different as everyone is healthy and ready for a bounce back year. We believe we have the deepest staff in the league and no matter who we put out there, they will be successful if they attack hitters and throw multiple pitches for strikes.”

Leading the staff will be 5th year seniors Cole Parussini (RHP, Vancouver, BC) and Brandon Becking (RHP, Coquitlam, BC), and 4th year seniors Zac Yandeau (RHP, Plumas, MB) and Trevor Brigden (RHP, Toronto, ON).

Parussini (below) has been a main stay in the Coyotes Starting Rotation over the last three season, accumulating a record of 10 wins and 7 losses, a 3.61 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 142.1 innings. In his last season, he will be looked upon to lead the Coyotes by example and continue his solid college career.

Photo Credit: Lorne White/Kelowna Now

Becking (below) battled through injuries last season and will look to be back helping the pitching staff in any way he can. Since 2014, Becking has been both a Starter and Reliever throwing a total of 111.1 innings, a 4.13 ERA and has struck out 66 batters. His overall record stands at 8 wins, 8 Loses.

Photo Credit: Lorne White/Kelowna Now

Yandeau (below) began his career in the bullpen but has been a starter for the past 2 seasons. His overall record is 3 wins and 4 loses, and has a 4.19 ERA, in 90.1 innings and has struck out 86. Yandeau sports a mid-80’s Sinking Fastball which gives hitters fits.

Photo Credit: Lorne White/Kelowna Now

Brigden was the Coyotes Closing Pitcher last season and was dominant all year. He will look to continue his dominance as he has sported a 91mph Fastball during the winter training. Last season he threw 17.2 innings in relief, had 4 wins as a closer, struck out 30 batters and finished with an impressive 0.50 ERA.

Also returning to the staff from last year’s starting rotation are sophomore’s Aiden Mordecai (RHP, Cloverdale, BC) and Noah Wood-Jolivet (RHP, Toronto, ON). Both Mordecai and Wood-Jolivet had solid freshman seasons and will continue to improve going into their sophomore seasons.

Rounding out the returners are Senior Bo Meiklejohn (LHP, Edmonton, AB), Juniors Wyatt Hummel (RHP, West Kelowna, BC) and Sam Stelnick (RHP, Toronto, ON), Sophomore Darren Reay (LHP, Edmonton, AB) and RS Freshman Jesse Poniewozik (RHP, Edmonton, AB). They will all be looked upon to contribute to the pitching staffs success.

The new faces to the Coyotes pitching staff are freshmen Chris Wyslobocki (RHP, Toronto, ON), Nick Lee (RHP, Victoria, BC), Brett Reid (RHP, Exeter, ON), Justin Lanigan (RHP, Cloverdale, BC), Alex Dawson (RHP, Richmond, BC), Dustin Unruh (RHP, Buick, BC), Dylan Koenig (RHP, Medicine Hat, AB), Gavin Barrett (RHP, Kelowna, BC) and Connor Leavitt (RHP, Airdrie, AB)

The OC Staff is deep this year with a good mix of returners and freshmen. All pitchers are still battling for spots in the starting rotation and the relief core.

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Fall Wrap Up

The Coyotes will be heading home for the Holiday break in two weeks and have been busy preparing for the 2018 championship season.   The 2018 schedule and promotional nights will be announced soon along with opponents in Las Vegas and Phoenix.

2018 season tickets will also be going on sale soon, with lots of great giveaways.

Keep checking our website for updates, player bios, and more as we head into the new year.

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Last Weekend

The Coyotes will face off with the TRU Wolfpack in the last exhibition series for 2017 this coming weekend.

Saturday October 21st the Yotes will travel to Kamloops for a 1:00pm DH at Norbrock Stadium.

Sunday October 22nd the Wolfpack will return the favour and come to Elks Stadium for a single 9inning contest.

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