Opening Weekend Recap

The Coyotes got off to a hot start in their run for the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference Championship taking 3 of 4 games from the University of Calgary Dinos this past weekend. The Coyotes out-scored their opponent 41-15, while recording 41 hits, including three homeruns.

In game one on Friday, Sophomore Catcher Jake Fischer got the season started right when he blasted the first OC homerun of the year in the bottom of the first inning to give the coyotes a 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher, Cole Parussini (Senior), went 4 strong innings, giving up just 4 hits and striking out 7. Sophomore Same Stelnick came in relief in the 5th inning, and wasn’t welcomed nicely as the first batter he faced hit a solo homerun on the first pitch he threw. Stelnick kept his composure and battled for 3 innings making some big pitches to get out of a couple jams and eventually got the win. The Coyotes would turn up the offense in the 6th scoring 3 runs, and then in the 7th finishing off the Dinos with 8 runs, including a walk off mercy Grand Slam by Sophomore Liam Wyatt.

On Saturday, the Coyotes would play games two and three in a double header. They would continue their dominant play as they would take the game one by a score of 9-1. Junior Zac Yandeau took the mound and dominated through 8 innings, giving up just one run on 4 hits, walking two and striking out 13 Dinos. Offensively, Jake Fischer again led the charge racking up 3 RBI. The Coyotes again were able to take an early lead scoring two in the first, then would put up four more runs in the 3rd inning, one in the 5th and two in the 8th. Seniors Jared Frew and Jared Dulaba, Liam Wyatt and Freshman Marcus Glowacki all added RBI’s.

Game three of the weekend didn’t see the Coyotes play their best as they dropped the game 8-7. Walks would be the big factor in the outcome of the game as the Coyotes pitches allowed 11 walks, 5 of them coming around to score. Offensively, Sophomore Trevor Lofstrom was the big highlight of the game as he crushed a 3 run homerun in the bottom of the 2nd inning, his first of the year, after the Dinos had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. The Dinos quickly responded with a run in each of the next two innings to tie the game a 3-3. The Coyotes would take back the lead in the bottom of the 5th scoring 2 runs, but would relinquish the lead in the top of the 6th when the Dinos put up 3 or their own. Freshman pitcher Aiden Mordecai would pitch ok, but definitely was uncharacteristic as he walked 5 batters. He would battle through 5 innings, giving up just 2 hits, and striking out 8. Junior Chase Harris would throw one inning and would struggle as he gave up 3 runs, and walking 3 batter. Following him was Freshman Lee Worobec, who also had his struggles gave up 2 runs on another 3 walks. Junior Trevor Brigden would throw the last inning, striking out 2 batters and kept the Coyotes in striking range for the bottom of the 9th. The Coyotes put up a fight late in the game but came up short.

On Sunday, the weekend series would wrap up with the Coyotes getting back on track with a 12-5 win. Senior Jared Dulaba would have a huge day at the plate going 3 for 5 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI. The Dinos would have the lead 4-3 going into the bottom of the 5th when the Coyotes would put up 6 runs, and then would put up another run in the 6th and two in the 7th. Freshman Pitcher Noah Wood-Jolivet would go 5 innings in his first every CCBC start. He would allow 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. Senior Brandon Becking would throw a clean 6th inning, Freshman William Drewry would throw the 7th and 8th only allowing one run and Trevor Brigden would strike out 3 batters in the 9th to finish the game.

“From the pitching perspective we threw well, other than allowing too many walks.” says Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. “Teams will capitalize on the free bases no matter who you are playing. Other than the one game we were able to get out of some tough situations which allowed our offense the opportunity to stretch out some leads. In four games we only allowed 4 extra base hits and struck out 39 batters, which is a huge positive. But again, limiting the walks will be a huge thing for our staff to work on throughout the season.”

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Opening Weekend vs University of Calgary

Cole Parusinni will start game one of the 2017 CCBC season Friday March 24th at Elks Stadium

Your OC Coyotes 2017 Canadian College Baseball Conference Season finally begins on Friday March 24th when they play their first of a four game set against the University of Calgary Dinos at Elks Stadium. The Coyotes will look to have a strong start against a team that last season the Coyotes went 4-2 against while also defeating them twice in the CCBC Championship tournament, including a 14-9 victory in the semi-final game.

On Friday, the Coyotes will begin the season with Senior Cole Parussini on the Mound. He has been a starter all four years while with OC and will continue to be looked upon to set the standard for the pitching staff. On Saturday Junior Zac Yandeau and Freshman Aiden Mordecai will take the mound and look to get off to good starts. Sunday’s finale will feature another freshman pitcher in Noah Wood. This year’s pitching staff is one of the deepest the Coyotes have had and will look to be a huge reason for their success this season.

 The Coyotes offense will look to put up even better numbers than last year, as they were second in batting average at .283. With a very deep lineup, the expectation is to put fear into the other team’s pitchers and defense using both their bats and their legs. Seniors Jared Frew, Jared Dulaba and Brandon Graham will be looked upon to lead their team at the plate as all three hold extra base power.

“We are really looking forward to getting going with our home schedule.  We have had some tough weather the last three weeks that have prevented us from playing, so the team is hungry to get back on the field.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.  “We have a fairly large group of upperclassmen this year so we have high expectations.”

Weekend Schedule:

Friday 6:00pm

Saturday 3:00 & 6:00pm

Sunday Noon

All games at Elks Stadium

 

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Weekend Cancelled

Two days of rain this week delayed progress on opening Elks Stadium and cancelled this weekends games with University of Calgary and University of Alberta.   The Coyotes will now shift focus on opening day next Friday.  The Coyotes will host the University of Calgary in the first 4 game set in Canadian College Baseball Conference league play.  Cancelled games will be rescheduled to a later date and announced as soon as possible.

Game 1- Friday 6:00pm

Game 2-Saturday 3:00pm

Game 3- Saturday 6:00pm

Game 4- Sunday Noon

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Coyotes Schedule Update

The Coyotes have been battling weather at their home field of Elks Stadium.  This weekends games have been cancelled due to field conditions.  We will update the site on further schedule updates and changes as information comes in.

Stay tuned.

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Late Rally Comeback Over Bruins

Noah Wood-Jolivet put up six strong innings only surrendering 4 hits and 3 runs as the Coyotes picked up a come from behind win over the Salt Lake Community College Bruins with a final of 5-4.

Photo courtesy of Al StelnickJeremy Buckley scored the first Coyote run after being walked and eventually came around to score on a fielders choice.  SLCC pitchers kept the Coyotes offense off balance and carried a no hitter into the 9th before the bats capitalizes on two walks, a hitter batter and infield error.  Liam Wyatt delivered a 1 out single to score the 2nd and 3rd run before Brandon Graham delivered a  2 RBI triple.

Trevor Brigden worked out of the bullpen with three innings of relief giving up only 1 run.  He picked up his first win of the season, and his first as a Coyote.

“We need to be tougher at the plate, and make the routine plays.”says Head Coach Geoff White.  “Noah and Trevor both did a great job keeping us in the game and giving us a chance.  It was nice to see us battle from behind.”

Next up for the Coyotes is Chandler-Gilbert on Monday at 3:00pm as the Coyotes will now head to Phoenix for three days.

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Coyotes Clipped Late

Brandon Becking used 84 pitches to work through 6 solid innings against the College of Southern Idaho on Saturday.  The Coyotes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 5th led by Jared Frew who had an 2RBI triple.  Jared Dulaba then followed with a 1 out sac fly to left field to drive in Frew.   However, in the bottom half of the inning CSI capitalized on two errors that led to three runs and  were back into the game.   The Eagles would add another run in the bottom of 6th to tie and end Becking’s day.

Chase Harris would come on in relief and put up two shutout innings before he was saddled with the loss in the bottom of the ninth as CSI centerfield singled in the winning run after two walks.

“Brandon threw well, enough for us to get a lead, unfortunately we made a couple errors that put them back into it.” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “We had much better at bats and much better contact which is a positive at the plate.  It was a close game that could have gone either way, we had chances to add on and were not able to execute.”

Next up is College of Southern Nevada, Cole Parusinni will start on the mound.

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Coyotes Fall to USU-E

The Yotes fell in the season opener to the USU-Eastern Eagles on Friday.  The Eagles put up 5 runs, 4 unearned as the Coyotes defense made a couple costly mistakes that were capitalized on.  Zac Yandeau went 5 innings before turning it over to the bullpen.  Sam Stelnick, Aiden Mordecai and Bo Meiklejohn each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Davis Todosichuk led the offense going 2-3 with a walk and double.  Eric Junnola, Brandon Graham, and Jared Dulaba each had hits as well.

“We made a couple mistakes on defense and they capitalized on it.  We are going to need to play tighter behind our pitchers for us to have opportunities.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Coyotes will face College of Southern Idaho next.  Brandon Becking will get the start

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Weekend Preview

The Okanagan College Coyotes will open their 2017 season on Friday February 10th in Las Vegas.  The Yotes will face off against the Utah State University-Eastern at 10:00am in game  one of the CSN Coyote Slugout tournament.  Game two will face off against College of Southern Idaho who held on to win 7-6 in 2016 in this same tournament.

Game three will be against the host #18 College of Southern Nevada.  CSN is currently ranked #18 in National polls.  The tournament will wrap up against Salt Lake Community College.  The Yotes won a close 5-4 game in 2016 to wrap up the tournament last year and are looking to continue that trend.

“This is a great chance for us to see some really good competition and dive right into the season.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.  “USU-E is a new team which we don’t know much about, but the other three we have seen a handful of times over the years in Las Vegas and know they are all quality programs that are aggressive.  We are going to have to pitch well and play solid defense right out of the gates for us to be successful.”

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Season Preview Continued: Position Players

  1. After taking a sneek peak into the pitching staff for 2017 we will shift our attention to the position players.  2016 was the best offensive numbers the Coyotes had put up since 2009.  2nd in team average, runs, total bases, OBP and slugging percentage this seasons Coyotes is looking to continue the trend of setting new records.

Coyotes open their season on the road in Las Vegas February 10th against Eastern Utah State

Starting in the outfield the Coyotes will be led by centerfielder Davis Todosichuk (Junior, Kelowna, BC).  Todosichuk had a break out season in 2016 where he finished with a .381 clip which was good for 3rd in the league, also he had 19 stolen bases while only being caught 3 times.  Todosichuk was recognized as 1st Team All Conference.  Jeremy Buckley (Sophomore, Kelowna, BC) will be looked upon for a larger role in left field after hitting .261 in 2016 in limited action.  He is coming off a solid fall and offseason and looking to breakout and be a major contributor.   Brandon Graham (Senior, Prince George, BC) is back after missing the 2016 season.  In 2015 Graham hit .278 and was a regular in right field.  2017 will see him log time in right field and as well in the infield.  Newcomers and freshman Brandon Mallam (Kelowna, BC), Jacob O’quinn (Vernon, BC) and Zach Bailey (Edmonton, AB) all will be looking to contribute and add depth to the outfield.

“Our outfield defense has been a major strength over the last couple of seasons, and we see no reason for that to change.  We have a nice balance of left handed hitters and right handed hitters and all can provide that threat on the base paths.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.

Around the infield will see familiar faces return.  Liam Wyatt (Sophomore, Montreal, QC) will be back at third base where he was 2nd Team All conference in 2016 hitting .297 and led the team with 18 RBI.  Wyatt will be a main stay in the middle of the lineup.  Jared Dulaba (Senior, Port Coquitlam, BC) will return to the middle infield and look to build off a solid 2016.  Dulaba will anchor the infield from short stop.  Returning 2nd team all conference second basemen Eric Junnola (Junior, Calgary, AB) will look to continue swinging a hot bat after breaking out in 2016.  Hitting .355 and playing excellent defense Junnola will also add a threat to the base paths.  Trevor Lofstrom (Sophomore, West Kelowna, BC) is back at first base.  He will look to breakout after a 2016 campaign that had its ups and downs.   Lofstrom had a great fall and off season and looks to be a major threat in the lineup, Lofstrom will also see some time in the outfield.  Jared Frew (Senior, Calgary, AB) missed 2016 and looking to be a major contributor to the Coyote offense.  He will serve a utility role in the infielder along with being the primary DH.  Frew had an outstanding fall at the plate and will be counted on for quality at bats ,drive in runs and senior leadership.  Freshman Alex Russell (Kelowna, BC), Marcus Glowacki (Kelowna, BC), Ken Dubois (Vancouver, BC), Nick Pelletier (Calgary, AB), Brevin Nowoczin (Prince George, BC) and Noah Wood-Jolivet (Mississauga, ON)all have had productive fall and offseasons and will be called upon to contribute.  All will provide depth to the lineup.  Glowacki, Russell, arend Wood-Jolivet will also see time in the outfield.

“This is the deepest infield we have had, there are talented players at each spot and we have depth.  Not to mention guys that can play multiple positions in the infield and jump to the outfield be play solid defense.  Were we lack in speed in the lineup in 2017 compared to 2016, we have added some power.  I am confident in this group and that we are going to hit.” says White.

Behind the plate and working with the pitching staff will be Jake Fischer (Sophomore,Edmonton, AB)  Fischer will see the bulk of the catching duties and look to build off a solid freshman campaign where he hit .271 in a platoon role.  After having a great fall and offseason he will be counted on to lead the staff and defense.  Freshman Lee Worobec (Edmonton, AB) Jacob Holland (West Kelowna, BC), Drake Thompson (Medicine Hat, AB) will be counted on to back up Fischer.  Thompson doubles as a first basemen while Worobec also will see time on the mound.

“Fischer will see a significant more load in 2017 compared to 2016.  He is ready for it, he is prepared and we are looking for him to be a major catalyst in the lineup.  Our freshman catchers have shown flashes of being ready, it will be a matter of consistency defensively and at the plate for who will see more time. “adds White.

“This is a gritty group and we have been putting in the time this offseason preparing.  We are going to have to play tough and be able to deal with some  challenges and adversity along the way.  Our schedule in Las Vegas and Phoenix will establish a level in which we need to play at to be successful game 1 through 65.” finishes Head Coach Geoff White

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Pitching Staff Preview

  1. The Okanagan College Coyotes will look to improve on a successful 2016 season, where they were one out away from winning the Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship. The pitching staff will once again be a big piece in trying to achieve this goal.
The Coyotes will be returning three of their four starters from last year, seniors Cole Parussini and Brandon Becking, and Junior Zac Yandeau, all of whom will be looked upon to lead the way for the pitching staff. Parussini was a Second Team All Conference award winner last season and will look to improve on his 5-1 record. He also was second in strikeouts with 41 and fourth in ERA at 2.66, all in 41 innings of work.  Becking, who fell victim to the injury bug late in 2015, rebounded well in the 2016 season. He would lead the Coyotes in innings pitched with 48.2 and had an ERA of 4.07. Now fully healthy, Becking looks to have a breakout year and help lead OC to a championship.  Yandeau rounds out the three for OC and will be a workhorse for the OC staff. He had an injury plagued 2016 season but battled through to throw 38.1 innings, striking out 35 batters and posting a 3.29 ERA.
 
“Cole, Brandon and Zac have all been key piece to our success over the last couple years.” says Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. ” All of them are able to go 7, 8 or 9 innings every time we give them the ball. It’s definitely a luxury every coach would love to have. Our pitching staff has always been one of the top in the league and I see nothing different this year, especially with those three leading us.”
The fourth starting spot will be up for grabs, and there are some very good candidates to choose from. Returning Juniors Bo Meiklejohn and Wyatt Hummel,  Freshmen Noah Wood-Jolivet and Aiden Mordecai will all get opportunities in early spring to solidify a starting role. Meiklejohn and Hummel were both part of the Coyotes relief unit last season and showed that they were ready for the jump. Wood had a solid 2016 fall and showing he is ready to compete for a top spot through January workouts. Mordecai is a January transfer from Arizona Western Community College (NJCAA) and will be look to compete for innings and a starting role.
The relief corp will be returning Junior Zack Burlon, who has overcome shoulder surgery that has kept him off the mound since 2015, and sophomores Sam Stelnick and Daniel Morris. The Bullpen will be anchored by two players who transferred to OC in September, Trevor Brigden (Sophomore) and Chase Harris (Junior). Both players have shown promise to be late innings contributors.   Rounding out the staff are freshmen Lee Worobec, William Drewry, Ian Pollard and Darrin Reay, all of whom will be battling for innings.
“The staff has been one of our main strengths in the previous years.  This year we are expecting nothing different.  We have returned 3|4 of our starters, guys have developed, and added depth.  With the addition of 4 games to the conference schedule and those games being mid week we are going to call upon the entire staff, and we have the pieces to compete.“ adds Head Coach Geoff White.
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