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The Coyotes put 8300+ kms on the bus during their recent 13 day tour of the west coast. With 14 games under their belts the Coyotes felt like progress was made. “Any time you play that amount of games in 8 days it is going to be tough. I was really happy with the level we competed at, we still have areas to improve in, but generally speaking it was a solid trip.” says Head Coach Geoff White.
The Coyotes started their trip in the Los Angeles area against some four year Universities where they went 2-5 in the first half of the road trip. Marcus Drewry (Pictured- Photo credit-John Pentland) picked up his first win of the season against St Katherines College, while Brandon Becking picked up his first win against the same SKC team.
“The LA portion of the trip was new for us and faced some four year programs and managed to scrap out some wins. Despite opponents swinging metal bats we were competitive in all of the games.” says White.
Following the LA portion the Coyotes made a quick stop in Coolidge, Arizona (south of Phoenix) for a double header with national power Central Arizona College. The Vaqueros proved to be to much for the Yotes and swept the two game series in convincing fashion.
“The Central Arizona set is always tough, they are a very good team that make very few mistakes and capitalizes when they get chances. It is a great opportunity to face to excellent pitching and competition.” finishes White.
After a quick stop in Phoenix the Coyotes would finish up the schedule in Las Vegas, Nevada. The College of Southern Nevada hosts their annual Presidents Day Weekend tournament that has some of the best programs in the country descend on the bright lights. The Coyotes would start the weekend out on the right foot with an extra inning win over Northwestern Colorado College. Game 2 would see the Coyotes face College of Southern Nevada considered one of the top teams in 2015. CSN starter was a 1st round MLB pick in 2013 and considered to be a top pick in 2015 who limited the Coyotes to just 6 hits. Game 3 against Salt Lake CC saw Drewry return to the mound only to fall with a 5-0 loss and move to 1-1 on the season. Game 4 to wrap up the trip was with the same CSN team that saw Joel Lamont take a no hit bid into the 5th inning before eventually surrendering a hit. The final game finished 8-0 in favour of CSN who scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th.
“The Las Vegas portion is always tough. Teams their have deep pitching staffs with some very talented players. I was pleasantly surprised with our at bats facing some of the top prospects in the country. If we can bring that level 0f focus every at bat we will be fine this year.” finishes White.
Next up for the Coyotes is their home opener against Eastern Washington University March 7th and 8th at Elks Stadium. Game time is set for 2:30pm March 7th.
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Coyotes open the season with a 7-4 win over St Katherines College in Escondido, California. Marcus Drewry held SKC to 3 runs to pick up his first win of the season. Joel Lamont threw two strong innings in relief to wrap up the opener. Logan Wedgewood led the Coyotes offense going a 2-4 with 1 RBI, 1 double and one stolen base. Bryan Elias went 2-2, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, SB and 2 base on balls. (Drewry pictured-photo credit-John Pentland)
In the night cap the Coyotes fell 14-2 when the defense made some costly errors and couldn’t hold down SKC’s offense. Wedgewood led the attack going 1-2 with an RBI. Austin Orsted took the loss in 3 innings work. Will Russell and Garret Perlette worked out of the pen.
Coyotes are back at it Sunday at 3:00pm with another double header with the same St Katherines team. Weekend wrap up to posted Sunday night
As we break for the holiday season and wrap up 2014, we wanted to express our gratitude to all our families, friends, sponsors, and supporters of Coyotes baseball for a outstanding 2014 season. 2015 looks to be an exciting year with a tremendous group of players and challenging schedule. Stay tuned for the 2015 pre season outlook in the New Year. From all of us at Coyotes Baseball Happy Holidays.
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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
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