OC Sweeps Weekend, Move to 12-4

The Okanagan College Coyotes had a huge weekend as they swept the four game set against the Vancouver Island University Mariners to move their record to 12-4, and still sit in second place just behind Thompson Rivers University.

In game one, Senior Pitcher Trevor Brigden was almost untouchable as he would take a perfect game into the 7th inning before issuing a walk and a hit. He would end his outing striking out 15 batters in 7 innings allowing 2 runs on one hit. Brigden is now 5-0 with a 1.50 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 24 innings. In relief, Sophomore Gavin Barret would pitch the last two innings allowing one run on 2 hits. Offensively, Sophomore Trevor Mlait and Freshmen Nolan King and Brendan Luther would all have 3 hits. King would blast his first career college homerun and would have 2 RBI. Senior Jeremy Buckley would also hit his first career college homerun, which  Freshman Tyler Monks would also have 2 RBI. OC would have a total of 15 hits in the game and would win by a 10-5 score.

Trevor Brigden

In game two, Luther and King would continue to hit well as they would both go 3 for 4 and Senior Jake Fischer would add two hits as well. Freshman pitcher Nick Lee, would throw 5 solid innings allowing no runs, 4 hits and striking out 5 on his way to earning his first college win. In relief, Freshman Jayden Clayton would throw 2 innings allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and struck out 3 while fellow freshman Nic Taylor would close the door throwing 2 innings allowing just one run on 4 hits and struck out 2. Coyotes would win 9-4.

Nolan King

Game three would see the Coyotes continue to score runs as they would take the game 6-2. Luther, Mlait and Junior Noah Wood-Jolivet would all have 2 hits and Freshman Massimo Peranio would hit a 2-run double. Starting pitcher Sophomore Chris Wyslobocki would have another solid outing going 6.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 7.  Sophomore Alex Dawson would take over on the mound going 2.2 innings allowing no runs and just one hit. Dawson has yet to give up a run this season in 13.2 innings. OC would win the game 6-2.

Chris Wyslobocki

In the final game, OC would look to get the sweep and would send Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik to the mound and he would throw 6 good innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits and struck out 6. IN relief, Freshman Brett Reid would throw one inning allowing 2 hits and striking out one and Freshman Austin Brown would finish the game throwing 2 innings allowing no runs and no hits and striking out 5. Offensively, the Coyotes would score 10 runs on 8 hits taking advantage of their opportunities. Fischer would go 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI. Buckley and Peranio would also have 2 hits and 2 RBI each. Coyotes would win the game 10-3.

Jesse Poniewozik

The Coyotes blasted 31 hits in the series scoring 35 runs. The pitching staff continued to have strong outings as they now have 178 strikeouts in 145 innings and have a 2.05 ERA.

Next up for the Coyotes will be 2 games at TRU on Wednesday and then they will travel to Calgary to face the University of Calgary Dinos starting on Friday.

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Austin Brown

Name: Austin Brown

School Year: Freshman

Program: Psychology

Hometown: Powell River, BC

Positions: Pitcher

Baseball Accomplishments: Canadian Junior National Team, BC Summer Games Team. Canadian U15 nationals First Team Allstart as Left Fielder

Favourite artist/band: Rascal Flatts and Thomas Rhett

Favourite Meal: Tacos

Favourite Superhero: The Flash

Secret Talent no one knows about? Good at Writing Poetry

Dream Job: Baseball Coach and Gym Teacher

Who did/do you idolize growing up? Justin Verlander, Step Dad (Steve Brown)

Pastime/Hobbies: Quading, Skating, Swimming, Fishing

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Noah Wood-Jolivet

Name: Noah Wood-Jolivet

School Year: Junior

Program: Human Kinetics

Hometown: Whitby, ON

Positions: 3B, OF

Baseball Accomplishments: 2018 U21 National Champions, 2018 CCBC National Champions

Favourite artist/band: Drake

Favourite Meal: Ribs and Caesar Salad

Favourite Superhero: Batman

Secret Talent no one knows about? Can Sail a 4 man ship alone

Dream Job: Professional Teams Physiotherapist

Who did/do you idolize growing up? Robinson Cano

Pastime/Hobbies: Fortnite, Other Sports

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Elias Erdman

Name: Elias Erdman

School Year: Sophomore

Program: Business Administration

Hometown: Quesnel, BC

Positions: 1B

Baseball Accomplishments: Winning the 2018 CCBC National Championship

Favourite artist/band: Flatbush Zombies

Favourite Meal: Ten Tacos

Favourite Superhero: Batman

Secret Talent no one knows about? Ping Pong Extraordinaire

Dream Job: Pro Tennis Player

Who did/do you idolize growing up? My Dad

Pastime/Hobbies: Reading, Tennis, Movies, beach Days

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Student Appreciation Day, Saturday April 13th. OC vs VIU

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On Saturday April 13th, The Okanagan College Coyotes will be hosting the Vancouver Island University Mariners for a double header, which will also be Student Appreciation Day at Elks Stadium.

The first 400 people with paid admission will get one free Hot Dog at the games.

The Coyotes will play host to the Mariners this weekend and it will be an opportunity for the Coyotes to close the gap on the first place TRU Wolfpack. The Mariners have always given the Coyotes trouble so this weekend should be an exciting one.

Starting on the mound for the Coyotes on Saturday will be Senior Trevor Brigden (3-0, 1.05 ERA, 29 SO) and Freshman Nick Lee (9.79 ERA, 12 SO). On Sunday the Coyotes will send Sophomores Chris Wyslobocki (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 20 SO) and Jesse Poniewozik (1-0, 2.70 ERA, 17 SO) to the mound. The OC pitching staff will look to stay dominate as they lead the league in ERA at 1.82 and strikeouts at 133 in 109 innings.

Trevor Brigden

Nick Lee

Chris Wyslobocki

Jesse Poniewozik

 

 

 

 

 

The OC offense will look to improve on what has been an average start to the year and hope to give the pitching staff some much needed run support. Senior Jake Fischer is tied for the league lead in RBI with 12 and is second in homeruns with 3. Senior Davis Todosichuk leads the Coyotes in batting average at .385 and sits 4th in the league. Senior Jeremy Buckley has been on a hot streak as he was 5-15 with 4 doubles, a triple and 7 RBI in their last series.

Jake Fischer

Davis Todosichuk

Jeremy Buckley

First game on Saturday starts at 3pm and the second to follow 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Jayden Clayton

Name: Jayden Clayton

School Year: Freshman

Program: Heavy Duty Mechanics

Hometown: North Vancouver, BC

Positions: Pitcher

Baseball Accomplishments: 2016 BCJPBL Champions & 2018 Art Wright Champions

Favourite artist/band: Metallica and Hank Williams Jr.

Favourite Meal: Kraft Diner and Hot Dogs

Favourite Superhero: Spider-Man

Secret Talent no one knows about? No one can beat me at Blacktop on 2K18

Dream Job: Trailer Park Supervisor

Who did/do you idolize growing up? My Parents

Pastime/Hobbies: Off-Roading, Hunting, Weight Room, Eating

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Brett Melanson

Name: Brett Melanson

School Year: Freshman

Program: Communications

Hometown: Sudbury, ON

Positions: Pitcher/First Base

Baseball Accomplishments: Threw a no hitter once

Favourite artist/band: Drake

Favourite Meal: Pizza

Favourite Superhero: Batman

Secret Talent no one knows about? Great at Ping Pong

Dream Job: Sports Journalist

Who did/do you idolize growing up? Buster Posey

Pastime/Hobbies: Video Games, Ping Pong

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Jacob Holland

Name: Jacob Holland

School Year: Junior

Program: Arts

Hometown: Vernon, BC

Positions: Catcher

Baseball Accomplishments: 2018 CCBC Champion

Favourite artist/band: Zac Brown Band

Favourite Meal: Homemade Fried Chicken

Favourite Superhero: Thor

Secret Talent no one knows about? I Don’t Have Any

Dream Job: FBI Agent

Who did/do you idolize growing up? My Dad

Pastime/Hobbies: Hockey, Video Games

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Dylan Koenig

Name: Dylan Koenig

School Year: Sophomore

Program: Automotive Collision Repair

Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB

Positions: Pitcher

Baseball Accomplishments: 2018 CCBC Champion

Favourite artist/band: Three Days Grace, Eminem

Favourite Meal: Pancakes

Favourite Superhero: SpongeBob Squarepants

Secret Talent no one knows about? I Don’t Have Any

Dream Job: Automotive Fabricator

Who did/do you idolize growing up? My Dad

Pastime/Hobbies: I Don’t Have Any

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OC Splits Series with TRU

 

The top two teams in the CCBC faced off this weekend as the Okanagan College Coyotes played the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack in a home and home series. The teams split both double headers with two games going to extra innings.

On Thursday, the Coyotes travelled to Kamloops to play the first place Wolfpack. In game one of the double, the OC bats would strike first as they would score two runs in the top of the first, and two in the top of the second. From then on thought, OC would be shutout the rest of the game. TRU would score 2 in the bottom of the first courtesy of a 2-run homerun and then would score 4 in the bottom of the third and two more in the bottom of the 4th. Starting pitcher freshman Nic Taylor would struggle to be consistent in his first college start only going 2.1 innings allowing 6 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. Sophomore Gavin Barrett would come in relief and would go two innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks. Sophomore Justin Lanigan would relieve Barrett and would throw 3.2 innings allowing no runs on 2 hits giving OC an opportunity to come back but would fall short. Offensively, Senior Jake Fischer and Freshmen Brendan Luther and Chace Davidson would all have 2 hits and Senior Jeremy Buckley would have a 2-run RBI double. OC would fall to TRU by a 8-4 score.

Justin Lanigan

Jeremy Buckley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OC would look to give TRU their first loss of the season in the second game of the double header. This game would be a pitchers duel as the teams would go into the 11th innings without a run being scored. Freshman Starting Pitcher Nick Lee would throw a gem going 8 innings allowing just 2 hits and striking out 9. In relief, Senior Trevor Brigden would not allow a hit in 3 innings and would strike out 4 to earn his 3rd win of the season. The lone bright spot on offense for the Coyotes was Sophomore Elias Erdman who was 2 for 4. In the top of the 11th inning, Freshman Ethan Loran reached on a dropped strike three and would be moved to second base by a sac bunt from Sophomore Trevor Mlait. Next up, Luther would hit a single moving Loran to 3rd. After a strikeout and an intentional walk, Loran would come in to score on a passed ball. Coyotes would finally give TRU a loss winning 1-0.

Nick Lee

Trevor Brigden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, OC would host TRU and would look to win a series. The first game of the double header would again not go the Coyotes way as it would take 13 innings to decide the winner. Walks and errors would put OC in a hole early as they would go down 6-0 after just 3 innings. Sophomore starting pitcher Jesse Poniewozik would struggle to be consistent and would fall victim to 3 errors allowing 2 walks and a hit by pitch to score. Poniewozik would go just 1.1 innings allowing 4 runs, just one earned, on 6 hits and 3 walks. In relief, Freshman Brett Reid would throw 3 innings allowing 3 runs, 1 earned, and would also walk 3. Sophomore Alex Dawson would relieve Reid and would have another solid outing going 2.2 innings allowing no runs and no hits, striking out 4. Brigden would again look to give the Coyotes a chance for a win as he would throw 3 innings allowing just 1 run, walking 2 and punching out 6. Finally on the mound after Brigden would be Freshman Jayden Clayton who would suffer the loss after throwing 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and striking out 4. While OC was down early, they would claw back into the game as they would score 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th to make the score 6-5. TRU would score another run in the top 0f the 5th and OC would continue to chip away before tying the game and eventually having a 8-7 lead. TRU would tie the game and would eventually score 2 runs in the top of the 13th. Multiple Coyotes had 2 hits games including Freshman Tyler Monks, Freshman Massimo Peranio, Freshman Nolan King, Senior Eric Junnola, Buckley and Mlait. Buckley would continue to swing a hot bat and would drive in 2 runs for the Coyotes. OC had many chances to win the game but could not capitalize. They would fall 10-8 in the 13th.

Alex Dawson

 

In the final game of the series, OC would look to even the series and would get a tremendous outing by Sophomore pitcher Chris Wyslobocki. Wyslobocki would throw all 7 innings allowing no runs, 3 hits and would strikeout 12. The Coyotes bats would come alive as they would score 10 runs on 11 hits and would take advantage of 7 walks. Buckley would add to his big series as he would have another two hits, both doubles, and would have 3 RBI. Senior Jake Fischer would also have 2 hits and an RBI, and Monks and Luther would both have 2 hits.

Chris Wyslobocki

Next up for the Coyotes will be a home series against the Vancouver Island University Mariners. This will be a big series for OC as they will look to chance down first place in the CCBC. Saturdays games will start at 3pm and Sundays games will start at 10:30am.

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