Coyotes Host T-Birds

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For the first time in franchise history the Coyotes will host the UBC Thunderbirds in exhibition play in a Wednesday doubleheader at Elks Stadium.

The Yotes are coming off four wins in five games during the Easter Weekend Classic, while the T-Birds have won five straight.

It’s the second time this season these two clubs have met.  In March the T-Birds hosted the Coyotes and shut them out 4-0.

The Coyotes (11-9) of the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) sit in second place, while the T-Birds are 20-8 in NAIA Conference play and 29-11 overall.

“This is another good test for our guys,” said Coyotes Head Coach Geoff White.  “Our confidence is high after the Easter weekend, and they are a first class organization.  It gives our players the experience that will hopefully help in the home stretch of our season.”

Senior Garrett Wiese leads the Coyotes offense hitting .328 while Brandon Graham leads the CCBC with 15 RBIs.

The Coyotes will host the T-Birds at 3:00pm and 6:30pm at Elks Stadium on Wednesday.

This is the final tune-up for the T-Birds before their NAIA West Tournament which begins on Friday May 2nd.

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Happy Easter Weekend Classic

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It was a Happy Easter Weekend Classic for the Okanagan College Coyotes winning four of five games and a share of second place in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC).

After a split on Friday and a victory on Saturday, the Yotes beat the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs 3-0 and the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack 6-2 on Monday.

In the first game on Monday against the Dawgs, starter Marcus Drewry threw a complete game shutout, scattering three hits and fanning three for his third win of the spring.

The offense scored twice in the first on a Brandon Graham triple, scoring Derek Shedden and Garrett Wiese (pictured).   It was Graham’s first triple and 13th RBI of the season.

The bats on both sides were quiet until the sixth when the Coyotes scored an insurance run as the double steal worked to perfection.  Sam Visona swiped second as Tyler Pentland stole home.

In the second game on Monday the Coyotes saw yet another gem thrown by their starting pitcher.  Tanner Collins recorded his second win of the spring allowing two runs on five hits and struck out seven in a 6-2 win over the Wolfpack.

The two clubs traded a pair of runs in the first inning.  After that Collins shut the door.

The Coyotes scored what turned out to be the game winning run in the third, then scored three more in the fifth.

Graham again knocked in two runs for his 15th RBI of the season, while Wiese collected two hits and an RBI.

The Coyotes (11-9) are tied for second in the CCBC and will travel to Calgary this weekend for a game against the Dinos and a pair against the Wolfpack.

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Coyotes Bite Mariners

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In front of the Kelowna Minor Baseball Association’s opening day festivities, the Coyotes clipped the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) Mariners 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

After the Mariners scored first in the top of the third inning off Coyotes starter Austin Orsted, they were completely shut down.  Orsted threw six solid innings in his first win of the summer.  Here allowed just four hits while striking out six.  After Taylor Thomas threw two innings, Brandon Becking recorded the save, his first of the spring.

The Coyotes tied the game in the home half of the third as Troy Fisher scored an unearned run.

Then in the fifth, Bryan Elias (pictured) smacked a leadoff double and scored on Garrett Wiese’s RBI single.   The run proved to the game winner.

The offensive tallied eight hits as Aaron Barrett, Wiese and Elias each collected two hits.

The Coyotes (9-9) will have Sunday off as four other games are scheduled at the Easter Weekend Classic.  The Yotes are back on the first for two games on Monday against the University of Calgary Dinos at 10:30am and Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack at 4:00pm.

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Yotes “Dino” Egg Calgary

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The Coyotes opened the Easter Weekend Classic with a 1-0 win over the University of Calgary Dinos on Friday night.

Zach Burlon threw a gem over 6.2 innings, but the Yotes offense couldn’t score until their final at bat.

In the bottom of the seventh Garrett Wiese walked, then promptly stole second putting himself into scoring position.

Brandon Graham then collected the game winning hit to bring home Wiese with a walk off single.

Brandon Becking who threw one pitch in relief of Burlon recorded the victory.

Earlier in the day the Dinos beat the Coyotes 9-2 in a make-up game.

The Coyotes (8-9) will face the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners (3-7) on Saturday at 3:00pm, part of Kelowna Minor Baseball’s opening ceremonies.

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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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