2013 Alumni Kody Rock has signed a non drafted free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers this past week.
Rock, 6’5, right handed pitcher from Canora, Saskatchewan was a freshman starter for the Coyotes in 2013. Congratulations Kody best of luck in the future
The Okanagan College Coyotes had a successful 2017 campaign that saw several individuals set new offensive records. 2009-Alumni Bryce Wilkie still holds the batting title with a .414 clip. For 2017 several Coyotes set new standards. Notables are:
Jake Fischer (Sophomore, C, Edmonton, AB) enters the top ten on average going 34 for 100 (.341)
Davis Todosichuk was close on two of his current Coyote records in 2016 he scored 30 runs, 2017 had him plate 28 times. He is also current leader in stolen bases where in 2016 had 19, 2017 he took 15.
In 2017 Liam Wyatt tied his 2016 record for RBI and doubles where he drove in 26 and had 9 doubles.
Trevor Lofstrom set the new bar for homeruns when he clubbed 5, he also tied the RBI record with Liam Wyatt with 26. He also landed third on the walks list with 21.
The always infamous hit by pitch record is still held by Bryan Elias where in 2012 he was hit 14 times. Jared Frew landed tied for second with 2016 Alum Aaron Barrett with 8 hit by pitch.
On the mound Trevor Brigden claimed 4 wins, all out of the bullpen to land in second place.
Check the records page for updated list for 2017
The Annual May long Weekend Norm Caig Classic Tournament begins today at 11:00am. Norm Caig Invitational Schedule 2017
Follow along on Twitter @yotesbaseball for tournament updates.
The Coyotes wrapped up pool play against UofC with a 11-1 victory they captured the # 2 seed. They will face off against TRU Wolfpack Sunday morning at 10:00am.
PBA claimed the #1 seed and will face # 4 UFV @ 7:00pm Saturday at Elks Stadium.
Okanagan College Round Robin Scores:
OC vs UFV Game 1: UFV won 8-7
OC vs VIU Game 2: OC won 7-5
OC vs PBA Game 3: OC won 6-3
OC vs UofC Game 4: OC won 11-1
CCBC Championship Schedule:
Tournament Tickets HERE
Wednesday May 10th
10:00- PBA vs UofC
1:00- UFV vs TRU
4:30- PBA vs VIU
7:30- OC vs UFV
Thursday May 11th
12:30- PBA vs TRU
4:00- UFV vs UofC
7:30- OC vs VIU
Friday May 12th
12:30- TRU vs UofC
4:00- UFV vs VIU
7:30- PBA vs OC
Saturday May 13th
10:00- TRU vs VIU
1:00- OC vs UofC
4:30- Playoff Game
7:30- Playoff Game
Sunday May 14th
10:00- Playoff Game
1:30- Championship Game
The Coyotes will host the 2017 CCBC Championships this week. With the regular season complete and standing sets the Coyotes schedule will be:
Wednesday May 10th @ 7:30pm vs UFV
Thursday May 11th @ 7:30pm vs VIU
Friday May 12th @ 7:30pm vs PBA
Saturday May 13th @ 1:00pm vs UofC
With a 15-13 record and 8-2 in their last ten the Coyotes are looking to make a run deep into the championship and return to the weekend final.
“We have been working hard all year for this weekend, we had some bumps and bruises along the way, but we have been playing better baseball of late. If we pitch well and to our capability we will have a chance.” says Head Coach Geoff White.
All games are hosted at Elks Stadium starting Wednesday morning at 10:00am. 12 games in total are scheduled to crown a champion.
This past weekend the Okanagan Coyotes travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta to face off against the number one team in the Canadian College Baseball Conference, the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. This would be the first games against PBA since last year’s CCBC championship game where the Dawgs beat the Coyotes 5-4.
Game one on Saturday saw the Coyotes start the weekend off slow as they dropped the first of the double header 9-3. The OC offense struggled to get going as they only managed 5 hits while striking out 11 times. Trevor Lofstrom was the bright spot offensively as he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. On the mound, freshman Aiden Mordecai threw well but a few too many walks was the difference maker as he walked 5, struck out 5 and game up 7 hits.
Game two on Saturday turned out to be a pitching duel as PBA edged the Coyotes 2-1. Junior Zac Yandeau went the distance for the Coyotes going 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 8. The only 2 runs were on a homerun in the 5th inning. Senior Jared Dulaba would hit his first homerun of the year and would be lone run for the Coyotes. Brandon Graham would contribute the other two hits for OC in the game. The offense once against struggled to find their groove finishing the game with 12 strikeouts and just 3 hits.
On Sunday, OC looked to bounce back and salvage a weekend, and hoped to get their offense back on track.
The First game on Sunday began strong for OC as they scored 3 runs in the first inning with a bases loaded clearing double by Liam Wyatt. The Coyotes would add two more runs in the top of the 4th inning on a 2 RBI single by Davis Todosichuk. PBA would answer back scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th. The game would continue to go back and forth as the Coyotes would score 3 runs in the top of the 6th on a Jared Frew 3 run homerun and PBA scoring 4 in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 8-8. In the top of the 7th OC would take the lead on a Todosichuk single scoring Lofstrom. OC starting pitcher Bo Meiklejohn would go 3.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, Cole Parussini would come in relief throwing 2.1 innings also giving up 4 runs on hits and Trevor Brigden would close the door for OC throwing 3 innings not allowing a run, striking out 5 and earning his 3rd win of the season.
OC looked to even the season series and would deliver as they finished the weekend with a 9-3 victory. Jake Fischer and Lofstrom would lead the way on offense as they both had 3 hits each and Fischer with 2 RBI. Jeremy Buckley would have the two big hits including a 2 RBI triple in the 8th inning to solidify the OC win. The OC offense would tally 14 hits in the game. Starting Pitcher Noah Wood-Jolivet would have a strong outing going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Easton Forrest would come in relief for 2 innings giving up just 1 run and Brandon Becking would finish the game.
Next up for the Coyotes is a Double header in Kamloops against Thompson Rivers University on Wednesday and then will be back at home versus Fraser Valley University on Friday.
The Coyotes will hit the road this weekend to Lethbridge where they will face the 1st place Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. The Dawgs are riding a 11 game win streak after having faced last place University of Calgary the last eight games.
Last weekend the Coyotes split with the UFV Cascades in a home and home series that say all four games won by one run.
“We are coming off a weekend where we really weren’t consistent as an entire group,” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “We had some good pitching and defense but couldn’t get a timely hit, other games we had poor pitching and got our hits.”
Brandon Graham and Jared Frew have come on of late combining for 10-25 , 10 BBs, 6 runs.
“We need to continue to throw up quality innings on the mound and at bats, we have shown flashes but haven’t of late played consistent baseball, we will need to do that to have success this weekend.” finishes White.
The Coyotes faced the new addition to the CCBC for the first time on Friday. The UFV Cascades came to Elks Stadium and left with two losses.
Game one saw Aiden Mordecai throw 6 2/3 innings surrendering only one earned run while striking out 10. Lee Worobec and Trevor Brigden would each throw a scoreless inning in relief.
Noah Wood-Jolivet would lead the offense going 1-2 with 2 walks and scoring twice. Brandon Graham would provide the walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to cash in Wood-Jolivet
“Mordecai was much better today, he was able to get ahead and make some pitches when he needed to.” says Head Coach Geoff White. The Coyotes would turn 3 double plays.
Game two had Wood-Jolivet take the ball and navigate 6 innings giving up 3 runs while walking 3 and striking out 1. Easton Forrest, Chase Harris, Sam Stelnick would each throw an inning before Trevor Bridgen picked up the win in the 9th.
Coyotes hitting were kept off balance as UFV starter struckout 12 OC batters. The Yotes would get on the board in the 5th when they scored 4 runs. Erick Junnola singled followed by a walk to Jake Fischer, Liam Wyatt and Brandon Graham then each hit a double. Jared Frew would then cash in Brandon Graham with an RBI single.
In the 9th, Alex Russell would lead off the inning with a walk off of UFV reliever. Davis Todosichuk would then sacrifice him over. A wild pitch would advance Russell to third when Erick Junnola hit a fly ball to right field that would plate Russell and tie the game.
In extra innings Liam Wyatt led off with a single and would steal second and advance to third on a groundout by Trevor Lofstrom. Jared Frew would finish the day with a walk off rbi single to right field.
“It was nice to win both today, however, we need to be better at the plate and capitalize when given opportunities. When we are walked 14+ times in two games and only score 9 runs in 19 innings we need to step it up at the plate.” says White. “Luckily we pitched better and made plays when we needed to to keep the game close.”
The Coyotes will head in week three of the CCBC with lots to prove. After a tough road weekend in Nanaimo, where the Coyotes were swept and lost three games by one run, there is no secret for what needs to happen.
“Bottom line we need to pitch better, we walked way to many, and didn’t get quality at bats with runners on.” says Head Coach Geoff White.
The Coyotes surrendered 30 walks over the 4 game set, 12 of which led to runs.
“It was a recipe for disaster when we walk that many in close game, I’m confident we will have a much better weekend on the mound.” adds White.
The Coyotes head into a home and home series with regional rival TRU Wolfpack. TRU is coming off a weekend where they went 1-3 against Prairie Baseball Academy. Game times for the weekend will be Saturday at 3:00pm & 6:00pm at Elks Stadium, and the same times on Sunday in Kamloops at Norbrock Stadium.
Saturday at 6:00pm is also student and fan appreciation night where there will be free hot dogs on hand courtesy of Bonanza Meatpackers, Specialty Bakery and Kal Tire.