Logan Wedgewood returns for his senior season
The Coyotes will be descending upon Kelowna over the next ten days as they get set for report date. Heading into their 8th season in the CCBC the Coyotes will be hosting the 2016 Championship in May at Elks Stadium.
“We are hosting the championships this year and want to make a run at the title and it all starts day 1,” says Head Coach Geoff White, “we have an extremely busy fall schedule with 47 games planned and then 70 in the spring.”
The players will have a great opportunity to compete in games situations over the course of the entire year which will culminate in a 5 team round robin tournament in mid May.
“We have a really solid core returning and a group of new players that will challenge for starting spots.” says White.
Elks Stadium before report date
The bulk of the pitching staff will be back that led the CCBC during the regular season that held a 3.42 ERA. Among them was first team All Conference starter Cole Parusinni who will be back for his junior year.
At the plate the Coyotes will look for senior catcher Logan Wedgewood to pace the offense. In 2014 he led the team with a .338 average.
“It is the biggest aspect we have tried to address with this recruiting class, we struggled to score runs during the last half of the regular season and specifically in playoffs.” adds White. “We have graduated some key players and will need some guys to step up.”
The Coyotes will be opening their fall season with a season of intersquad games starting on Sunday September 6th at Noon at Elks Stadium.
Coyotes record book has been updated for 2015.
Joel Lamont and the Kelowna Falcons will begin their playoff run after winning the east division pennant earlier this week. Lamont will finish the regular season with a 6th best E.R.A (2.44, 48IP, 35H, 13R, 17BB, 45K).
Logan Wedgewood and Tony Olson would have their playoff run end in the first round after the Weyburn Beavers won the series in 4 games in WMBL playoffs. Wedgewood would go 5-12 in the series while Olson went 5-14.
Coach Garret Wiese, current assistant with the Medicine Hat Mavericks would exit from playoffs at the hands of the Lethbridge Bulls. The Mavericks came from behind in the opening round against Okotoks after losing the first two games. The Mavericks would win three straight to advance against the Bulls. The Bulls would sweep the Mavericks in three games.
In Baseball Canada action, Davis Todosichuk and Jared Frew will join the the Burnaby Junior Bulldogs at U21 Nationals in Regina next week. Will Russell and Wyatt Hummel will join the Kamloops Sundevils at Senior Men’s Nationals in New Brunswick. Good luck to all players attending.
Joel Lamont keeps throwing up quality starts for the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League. July 23rd Lamont picked up a no decision, going 8 innings giving up 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 6 punchouts vs the Walla Walla Sweets. His E.R.A has moved to 2.08 and holds a 3-1 record.
The right handed pitcher from White Rock, B.C. has only given up 5 earned runs in his last 25 and 2/3rd innings putting him in the top 10 in the WCL, and one of the top arms for the Falcons.
“Joel has three solid pitches than when he can command them he is tough. It doesn’t surprise me he has had some brilliant outings. I am happy to see he is consistently competing at a high level every start right now” says Head Coach Geoff White.
The West Coast League is considered one of the top 5 summer college league circuits in North America. It has been the proving grounds for numerous Major League players and typically over 70+ draft picks every year with multiple picks in the top 2-3 rounds.
Jared Frew- Junior, Infielder, Okotoks, AB
The Coyotes players have left for the summer to either home or summer teams. Here is a list of where players are at in Western Canada
Edmonton Prospects- WMBL
Moose Jaw Millers- WMBL
Kelowna Falcons- West Coast League
Kelowna Jays- BC Mens League
Burnaby Bulldogs- BC Men’s League
Coquitlam Angels- BC Men’s League
Prince George Grays- BC Men’s League
Congrats to the White Rock Junior Tritons on winning the Norm Caig Invitational. In a close final game against the Okanagan Athletics the Tritons scored 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead.
Final Standings Of the NCI
1. White Rock
7. Tri City
8. West Kelowna
Thanks to all the players, coaches, parents and fans over the weekend. With weather making it difficult we ultimately pulled off a competitive tournament. See you next year.
8:00am- West Kelowna vs Tri City
10:15- Cloverdale vs Vanouver
12:30- Coquitlam vs Kamloops
2:45- Okanagan vs White Rock
10:00am. We are still delayed until further notice. Update coming at noon.
due to wet conditions games will be delayed. Updated times will be posted when information comes in. Updated standings coming as well
The Okanagan Athletics won 9-1 over the West Kelowna Diamondbacks in opening game action on Thursday night. Games resume at 4:30 on Friday with White Rock vs Tri City at 4:30 and Athletics vs Coquitlam at 7:00pm