Pitching The Key In 2015

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This coming March, the Coyotes will open their seventh season in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) and will turn to the bump for success.

The Coyotes pitching rotation should be the backbone of this club in the spring with four veteran arms leading the way including Zach Burlon, Marcus Drewry, Joel Lamont and Austin Orsted.

Last spring Drewry (pictured) was the ace of this staff with a 5-0 record and 2.60 ERA in his junior season.  Now a senior the 6’2, 195 pound Courtney native will once again be asked to lead this club and build on his 19 strikeouts in 38 innings.

In his first three years with the Yotes, Drewry is 9-7 in the regular season and is averaging 21.3 strikeouts per season and logging 34.4 innings.

Left hander Burlon will enter his junior year in the spring and has averaged 27.5 strikeouts in his first two campaigns.   As a freshman in 2012 Burlon threw 45.1 innings and finished 3-3 with a 4.36 ERA.  After sitting out 2013 with an injury, the 6’2, 235 pounder threw 38 innings and struck out 29 hitters in 2014.  He won his only post season start, throwing seven innings and fanned six.

Burlon has been a workhorse in his first two seasons compiling an average of 41.5 innings.

Lamont is also entering his junior season and has shown the coaching staff he is a two way player, hitting .280 and finishing 3-2 on the mound last spring.

The Coyotes will need Lamont to be a leader on the bump in the spring.  He threw 35.2 innings last year and struck out 35 on route to his three victories and a 4.29 ERA.  The Surrey native appeared twice in the playoffs and fanned 13 in 6.2 innings of work.

The youngest starter on the staff is Orsted, but he commands a game like a veteran.  In just his freshman season had a team best 2.42 ERA in 26 innings pitched.  He struck out 19 and finished 1-1, recording his lone win over VIBI on April 19th.

If the Coyotes want to see success in 2015 Orsted will need to be a key contributor and be asked to lead by example in his sophomore season.

The Coyotes will open the 2015 CCBC spring season on March 20th when they host the University of Calgary.  Prior to the season opener, the Coyotes will play in California, Arizona and Las Vegas beginning February 7 as part of their annual winter tour.  Follow the Coyotes on Twitter during the trip and over the course of the off season; @YotesBaseball

Courtesy of Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

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Spotlight: Brennen Reidy

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After a difficult spring in 2014 Brennen Reidy has returned to the Coyotes for his fourth and final year with a new personal drive to make this season his best in the CCBC.

He’ll be looked upon as a leader this season both on and off the field as the Coyotes prepare for their seventh campaign in the CCBC.  Prior to the start of the 2015 spring, the Coyotes will head south to Arizona and Las Vegas for their annual US exhibition trip.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) caught up with Brennen ….

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2015 Schedule Released

 

OC-Baseball-Fall-TeamPhoto2014-webThe 2015 schedule has been released.  It features 59 games , 24 which are at home at historic Elks Stadium.

The 2015 campaign will kick off with the Coyotes annual trip south.  In the previous three seasons the trip consisted of games in Phoenix, AZ and Las Vegas, NV.  This year will mark the first year where the Coyotes will travel to the Los Angeles area where they will face a variety of teams. before heading to Central Arizona College for a double header and then wrapping up with its annual tournament in Las Vegas at the College of Southern Nevada.

“The preseason trip has a different look this year, with the addition of the L.A portion we will be able to face more four year programs and will also provide a change of scenery,” adds Head Coach Geoff White, “there are some notable games that players always look forward to in Central Arizona who are perennially the top ranked Junior college in the nation.  The Las Vegas portion is always tough with other top ranked programs in attendence, we will have our hands full right out of the gate.”

After their trip south the Coyotes will return to the familiar confines of Elks Stadium for fourteen straight homes through the early part of March.  This will wrap up the preseason before the Coyotes make a charge at the 2015 CCBC season that opens March 20th vs the University of Calgary.

“The conference season should be exciting, I am expecting all of the CCBC teams to be fairly evenly matched.  It will come down to pitching, defense and some timely hitting,” says Coach White.

The 28 game CCBC schedule will wrap up on the road in Lethbridge, AB and is followed by the CCBC National Championship again in Lethbridge.

“Everything is building to Lethbridge and the Championship, our preseason will be a significant challenge and set the expectation for how we will need to play to compete through all 59+ games,” says Coach White, “we are really looking forward to this schedule and the talented group of players we have assembled.”

The 2015 roster will announced in the new year.

*Okanagan College Coyotes are the host of the 2016 and 2017 CCBC National Championship*

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Coyotes Finish With 2 of 3

The Coyotes wrapped up the fall season on Sunday in Kamloops against rival Thompson Rivers University November 2nd.  This marks the latest date in the program history that the Coyotes played into the fall.

Game one saw Cole Parusinni and Jake Gaetz combine for a 1-0 shutout.

Game two had TRU take advantage of some walks and errors in that led to a 8-5 loss

Game three wrapped up the fall with a 5-1 win.  Will Russell, Mitchell St Laruent, and Joel Lamont all had strong outings on the mound as OC rallied for 12 hits.

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Coyotes Wrap Up Fall

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The Coyotes will conclude their fall exhibition schedule with a road game on Sunday in Kamloops against Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack.

It has been a successful fall season for the Coyotes who have logged a lot of innings giving the coaching staff an excellent idea of what they’ll have heading into the spring.

Both the veterans and rookies have shown they deserve a starting role once games count in the spring. They will continue to get opportunities to shine with their annual US trip.  In February the Coyotes are scheduled to make a road trip through Arizona and into Las Vegas playing some of the best junior college programs in the country.

Following the trip south, the Coyotes will knock the frost off of Elks Stadium and open their spring season in March.

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Spotlight: Brock Chilton

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Catcher Brock Chilton enters his second year with the Coyotes and will share duties behind the plate with Tyler Pentland.

Last season Chilton saw limited action appearing in just five league games during the spring season.  He hit .200 with an RBI.

He chats with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the fall exhibition season and expectations for the 2015 spring …

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Spotlight: Brandon Graham

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Outfielder Brandon Graham enters his third year with the ‘Yotes and has become one of the leaders with high expectations.

In the spring he hit .272 with 22 hits, eight doubles, a triple, two homeruns and led the Conference with 20 RBIs.

He chats with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the fall season and his leadership.

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October = Fall Baseball

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 Coming off the Thanksgiving long weekend the Okanagan College Coyotes find themselves back in the “swing” of things this weekend will a full slate of games.

Friday afternoon the ‘Yotes will host the St. FX Academy in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00pm.  It’s the first ever match-up with the Edmonton academy.

Then on Saturday Elks Stadium will be extremely busy with five games starting at 9:00am.  The Okanagan Athletics, fresh off their Thanksgiving Classic tournament win, will face the Edmonton Prospects.  They will follow up that game with a tilt with St. FX Academy.

At 2:00pm, St. FX will then get a chance to face the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack for the first time.  Immediately following this game, TRU will face the Edmonton Prospects, then finish off their triple header against the Coyotes, who will be well rested at 7:00pm.

On Sunday to finish off the weekend, four games are scheduled.   The Athletics and Edmonton Prospects draw the early 9:00am game for the second straight day.  The Prospects then face the Coyotes before heading home to Edmonton.

Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm the Athletics conclude their weekend with a match-up against TRU.  The Wolfpack and Coyotes then battle at 4:30 to finish off the busy weekend.

The game with the Wolfpack will conclude the completive Coyotes schedule for this fall.  They will play their annual Red-Black intersquad World Series, before finishing up fall ball with their annual 100 Inning Game scheduled for Sunday October 26 at Elks Stadium.

This coming weekend is free to attend, so bring the kids to the ballpark and enter the Coyotes den.

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Tournament Schedule

Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament Schedule: All Games at Elks Stadium

$5.00- Single Game, $10.00- Tournament Pass

Friday

12:00- Okanagan Athletics vs Yale Academy

2:30- Okotoks vs Whalley

5:00-ABA- Okanagan Athletics

7:30- Nanaimo vs Whalley

Saturday

9:00- Okotoks vs Yale Academy

11:30- Nanaimo vs ABA

2:00- Whalley vs ABA

4:30- Nanaimo vs Yale Academy

7:00- Okanagan Athletics vs Okotoks

Sunday

9:00- 5th vs 6th

11:30- 3rd vs 4th

2:00- 1st vs 2nd- Championship

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Thanksgiving Classic Tournament

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The Coyotes will host their annual Thanksgiving weekend tournament beginning Friday at noon when the Okanagan Athletics battle Yale.  The six team tournament is organized by the Coyotes as a way to recruit potential players to the program.

The six teams are mostly made up of BC Premier League teams (BCPBL), with players that are high school aged.

The Coyotes coaching staff are very familiar with the Athletics program, but getting a chance to see players from across the province and into Alberta has been beneficial in years past.

The other for teams in action this weekend at Elks Stadium are the Whalley Chiefs, Nanaimo Pirates, Okotoks Dawgs and the Alberta Baseball Academy (ABA).

The schedule is as follows:

Friday:
Noon – Okanagan Athletics vs. Yale
2:30pm – Okotoks vs. Whalley
5:00pm – ABA vs. Athletics
7:30pm – Nanaimo vs. Whalley

Saturday:
9:00am – Okotoks vs. Yale
11:30am – Nanaimo vs. ABA
2:00pm – Whalley vs. ABA
4:30pm – Nanaimo vs. Yale
7:00pm – Athletics vs. Okotoks

Sunday:
9:00am – 5th seed vs. 6th seed
11:30am – 3rd seed vs. 4th seed
2:00pm – 1st seed vs. 2nd seed

Coyotes Head Coach Geoff White talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) about the tournament.

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