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Coyotes win over # 1 and # 12

-Las Vegas, Nevada- Feb 21st, 2020

Coyotes Baseball Win over # 1 and # 12

The Coyotes are near the tail end of their season opening annual trip to Las Vegas and Phoenix and what a week it has been. On Monday the Coyotes headed to Coolidge, Arizona to face the 2019 Junior College World Series Champions and current # 1 ranked program in Central Arizona College.

Wyatt Hummel, (West Kelowna, RHP, Sr) took the ball for his first start of the season and didn’t disappoint. The Coyotes pitching staff leader turned in 4 strong innings striking out 4 surrendering 3 runs. He then turned the ball over to Nic Taylor, (Calgary, AB, LHP, Soph) who also pitched extremely well going 5 innings to pick up the win in a 9-7 affair.

“Central Arizona is consistently the premier program in Junior College in the country that have multiple MLB draft picks and MLB alum,” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “For us to go in to their field and win a great game 9-7 was extremely satisfying for this team.”

Brendan Luther (Toronto, ON, INF, Soph) paced the offense going 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs, an RBI and a stolen base.   Luther has had an incredible start to his season hitting over .500 for most of the trip and playing outstanding defense at short stop. Ethan Loran (Oyen, AB, OF, Soph) also went 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs, and 2 rbi.

“We had some timely hits and made excellent pitches to hold off a extremely talented team,” adds White “we have been talking about the capabilities of this team and the high expectations we have, and I think we just showed what we can do by taking a win off the # 1 team in the nation.”

The Coyotes weren’t done there as they headed back to Las Vegas to take on the College of Southern Nevada currently ranked # 12 in the nation. The CSN program is where MLB superstar Bryce Harper came from and has produced many other MLB players and numerous draft picks. The Coyotes kept the momentum rolling on Thursday night as Chris Wyslobocki (Etobicoke, ON, RHP, JR) turned in 7 shutout innings while only surrendering 2 hits while striking out 8 on route to a 6-2 win for Okanagan College. Once again Brendan Luther lead the way going 2-4 scoring 2 runs with a walk and and RBI. Nolan King (Saskatoon, SK, OF, Soph) had a massive 2 RBI double in the top of the 9th to keep the game out of reach.   Local Kelowna product Adam Sarafinchin (Kelowna, BC, RHP, Freshman) picked up the save as he worked out of a bases loaded, 0 out situation in the bottom of the 8th.

“Chris really was fantastic, he had all three pitches working and we made plays behind him,” says White. “they have an outstanding program and for us to pick up another win against a ranked opponent really shows this teams ability. We have shown that we can play with some really tough competition, and this trip isn’t easy as we play 15 games in 8 days, it shows how deep this team is.”

The Coyotes will wrap up their annual trip over this weekend against the College of Southern Nevada and Community Christian College from California who the Coyotes beat 4-2 earlier in the week.


2020 Season Preview

The Okanagan College Baseball team is out for revenge this spring. After a heartbreaking series loss in the 2019 CCBC championships at the hands of University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The team looks to improve after a strong 2019 campaign, which saw broken records in strikeouts (268), wins (21), and stolen bases (96).

Chris Wyslobocki (RHP, Jr, Etobicoke, ON) and Wyatt Hummel (RHP, Sr, West Kelowna, BC), are both poised to lead the charge at the front of the 2020 Okanagan College rotation. Wylsobocki is coming off a solid 2019 campaign. He posted a 1.84 Earned Run Average, racking up 41 strikeouts in 34.1 innings, propelling him to a First Team All-Conference award. Hummel had a strong 2019 season as well, setting a new program record for Earned Run Average (0.87) along with 22 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched.

Jared Johnson, Pitching coach for Okanagan College’s baseball team, stated, “Our pitching staff will again have a lot of depth. We lost only a couple arms from last year’s team which led the CCBC in ERA, strikeouts, and shutouts.” He continued on point out the depth of the pitching staff, “This depth will allow us to be competitive in every inning we play. We have guys that can strikeout a lot of batters, which leads to good outcomes. When you have 8-10 guys that could start in any program in the league, it is usually a good problem to have.”

Geoff White, Head coach, said, “Our pitching staff is a big part to our success and this year’s group is very talented.” White adds, “If we can stay healthy, we will be very tough over a weekend.”

Overall, the pitching staff is deep with talent with multiple impact arms available to step up for key innings out of the bullpen.

The outfield for 2020 will see Trevor Mlait (OF, Jr, West Kelowna, BC) captain the outfield in 2020. Mlait looks to build off a steady campaign in which he boasted a .328 batting average and stole 11 bases in 2019. Other outfielders competing for roles are Nolan King (OF/1B, So, Regina, SK), Ethan Loran (OF/1B, So, Oyen, AB), Chace Davidson (OF, Jr, Saskatoon, SK) and Damian Obrigewich (OF/1B, Jr, Edmonton, AB). When Mlait was asked how he hopes the team builds off last years success, he emphasized, “We have a great group of guys to build off from last year and a ton of new talent ready to contribute…” He concludes his statement looking on towards the season, “…It will be great to see [the hard work] pay off once we hit the field.”

White states, “The outfield will have some new faces, with the graduation of Davis Todosichuk and Jeremy Buckley, and it will be competitive throughout the first 12-16 games of the season to see who will perform and take a starting spot. There will be several players competing during our spring trip and it will be interesting who can separate themselves.”

With multiple spots in the outfield all but taken, outfielders will be looking to impress as the season gets rolling.

The infield will be led by Brendan Luther (INF, So, Mississauga, ON), Mike Duwyn (INF, So, Delhi, ON), Elias Erdman (1B, Jr, Quesnel, BC), Hayden Misfeldt (1B, So, Corvallis, OR). Luther had an impressive freshman year, posting a .358 batting average while making it into 24 of the possible 28 games throughout the 2019 CCBC season. Duywn will look to secure second base, with his smooth hands and great range in the field he will be difficult to compete against for the role. First basemen, Erdman and Misfeldt look to compete while splitting time at first-base to start the season, as well as look to improve on their numbers from a season ago.

Jake Fischer (C/1B, Sr, Lacombe, AB), will resume catching duties for Okanagan College. Fischer, a leader on the field and in the clubhouse, posted an impressive .368 batting average (3rd in CCBC), driving in 32 runs (1st in CCBC), and launching four home runs (4th in CCBC). When asked how he feels going into the season he said, “I am feeling very confident going into this season. I have been working hard on all aspects of my game this offseason, and feel that I am going to be playing better than ever this spring.” Behind Fischer; Daniel Baydek (C, So, Calgary, AB), and Steven Butler (C, So, Coquitlam, BC) battle it out for the number two duties behind the plate. Baydek posted a .262 batting average through seven games played in 2019. Butler has yet to make it into a conference game.

White accentuates the excitement the coaching staff has for this upcoming season, “Overall as a coaching staff we are excited for this upcoming season.” He adds, “We have high expectations for this group and I know the players have high expectations. We are really looking forward to getting going on the 14th of February and see what we can do.”

Overall, the 2020 Okanagan College Coyotes have an abundance of depth and are dedicated to competing for the 2020 CCBC championship.

February 12 the Okanagan College baseball team heads down south on their annual Vegas/Arizona trip where they will play Central Southern Nevada College (NJCAA), Central Arizona College (NJCAA), Ottawa University (NAIA). The Coyotes look to compete in preparation for their 2020 CCBC season.

Happy Holidays

The Coyotes baseball team want to wish all its players, alumni, family, friends, sponsors and fans Happy Holidays.  We have had a tremendous 2019 and very excited for what is to come in 2020.  Stay tuned for press releases in the new year that include schedule release, player bios, events and much more as we get closer and closer to the season.

Happy Holidays from your Coyotes baseball family

VIU Mariners Come to Town

The Coyotes will open up a 4 game series with fellow Canadian College Baseball Conference member the Vancouver Island University Mariners at Elks Stadium.

The Mariners are coming off a season where they finished tied for last place with a record 8-18 and were bounced out of the National Championship tournament with two straight losses, one at the hands of the Coyotes in a 26-0 lopsided victory.

They return some veteran players for 2019-2020 in Senior infielder Liam Ballance who frequented Elks this summer against the Kelowna Falcons as a member of the Cowlitz County Black Bears of the West Coast League.  Also returning is Tanner Hess, another senior infielder from Victoria, BC.  Both players will be key to the Mariners success this upcoming season.  On the mound the Mariners will have some work to do as they finished the 2019 campaign with a team ERA of 5.42 which was 5th in the CCBC and also led the league in walks.

The Coyotes are coming off a sweep of the Kelowna Fall Invitational tournament, in which they wons games over Okanagan Athletics, Chilliwack Cougars, North Shore Twins, and the Victoria Mariners.  Despite the Coyotes facing high school opponents, the team played fairly consistent over the weekend.

“We played alright over the weekend, our pitchers were around the strike zone consistently, and you combine that with facing some young hitters it usually is a recipe for success.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.
“We don’t really worry about who we are playing, we just try and go play our game and control what we can control and if we do that well we typically have good results.”

This weekend schedule will kick off Friday October 11th at 2:30pm and 5:30pm followed by Saturday’s matchup at 11:00am and 2:30pm.

“We are coming close to wrapping up the fall schedule, we are looking forward to this weekend and seeing how we stack up against a conference opponent.  It will also be a great opportunity to continue to see some of our new faces compete against opponents we will face .” finishes White

Fall Schedule in Full Swing

The Coyotes have been busy this fall.  With the change of the seasons it signals the half point of the fall schedule.  The Coyotes have faced Thompson Rivers University and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in September along with a games against the local PBL Okanagan Athletics and a flurry of games in the Fall World Series.

“We have had a chance to see two teams from our conference so far and we will see two more in VIU Mariners and Edmonton Collegiate.  We will have a really good idea of where we are at and what we need to do this off season. It is starting to become clearer with more and more games what players will need to improve upon this winter,” says Head Coach Geoff White.

Senior Catcher Jake Fischer- Lacombe, AB

The Coyotes are coming off a tough loss in the 2019 CCBC Championship best of three series and looking to get back to the final again with a different result.  The team has returned several key members including senior catcher Jake Fischer, pitchers Chris Wyslobocki, Wyatt Hummel, Austin Brown and Jesse Poniewozik.

Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik- RHP, Edmonton, AB

Austin Brown- RHP, Powel River, BC

Wyatt Hummel, RHP, West Kelowna, BC

“We have returned a good portion of our pitching staff from last year which led the conference in many categories, ” adds White, “however we still have lots to work on and improve and we have some very talented new faces to our program that will add significant depth.”

Chris Wyslobocki-RHP, Toronto, ON

The Coyotes and Okanagan Athletics will host their annual Fall Invitational Tournament this coming weekend at Elks Stadium.  Some of the best U18 programs in Western Canada will be in attendance.  The recent 2019 Premier Baseball League (U18) Champion North Shore Twins will be the pre tournament favourite.  Follow us on Twitter for up to date scheduling and announcements.


Swanson Joins Coaching Staff

-Head Coach Geoff White is pleased to announce the recent addition to the Coyotes coaching staff today.  Brent Swanson will join the program starting in September.  Swanson, the Richmond BC native, played in the San Francisco Giants organization to as high up at AAA with the Fresno Grizzlies.  He is a graduate of Treasure Valley College in Ontario, Oregon. 

 “We are excited for Brent to join our program and staff, he will be a great addition,” says Head Coach Geoff White, “Brent will be working with our catchers and hitters come September.  We have been fortunate over the last couple years to have a strong catching core and the addition of Coach Swanson will only make us better.”

 Swanson no stranger to the development side of baseball having worked with many different collegiate and U18 programs in Western Canada over recent years. 

Updated Record Book

The record book has been updated and there are some new faces entering the ranks of the Coyotes best.   Recently drafted pitch Trevor Brigden set new standards for wins and strikeouts, along with fellow pitcher Wyatt Hummel who set the new standard for E.R.A with a 0.87.

Davis Todosichuk continued to add his name to the lengthy list of records he holds.  He now sits with the top 4 spots in stolen bases and covers a variety of other top 10 spots.  Jake Fischer, Brendan Luther and Todosichuk land at 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively on the top batting average list.  The record of .414 still remains the gold standard set by Bryce Wilkie in 2009 when he went 29-70.  Fischer also lands in 2nd place on the RBI list when he blasted in 32 runs in 2019,  2018 graduate Jared Frew sits on top with 35.

Davis Todosichuk

Brendan Luther

There were also several teams records set in 2019.  The 21-7 record is the best regular season record in Coyotes history, which followed up 2018’s record breaking 20 win season.  The 2019 group also set new records in hits (275), Average (.283), E.R.A (3.21) and stolen bases with 96 in 120 chances.

Check out the stats page for full list.

Coyotes fall to UFV in CCBC Championship Series

The Okanagan College Coyotes fell one game short in their pursuit to defend their CCBC Championship. After a solid early showing in the tournament, the Coyotes looked like they ran out of gas even though their opponent had to play 2 more games than them.

In the first game of the tournament, OC would play the 7th seed Vancouver Island University Mariners. The game would quickly get out of hand as the Coyotes would score 9 runs in the first inning, 3 in the 2nd, 1 in the 4th and 13 more runs in the 6th before the mercy rule was put into effect. OC batters would be walked 14 times and would be hit by pitch 8 times. OC would score 26 runs on just 11 hits. Junior Wyatt Hummel threw 5 solid innings allowing just 3 hits before giving way to Sophomore Alex Dawson who would finish the game throwing 2 innings. The Coyotes would win 26-0 in the opener.

Wyatt Hummel

Next OC would face off against the University of Calgary Dinos and OC would again come out swinging. OC would put up 5 runs in the 1st innings and would not look back. Freshman Nolan King and Seniors Jake Fischer and Jeremy Buckley would lead the way with 3 hits each and Sophomore Nate Postle would add two hits of his own. King and Buckley would drive in 3 runs each and Fischer and Postle would add 2 RBI each. Senior Trevor Brigden would throw 5 strong innings allowing one unearned run on two hits and he struck out 6. Freshman Brett Reid would throw the last two innings allowing no runs and no hits. OC would win by mercy rule 12-1.

Jake Fischer

By winning the first two games, the Coyotes set themselves up with a change to go to the finals and would need to get past Thompsons Rivers University Wolfpack. TRU edged out OC to take the regular season title despite having identical 21-7 records. OC would send Sophomore Chris Wyslobocki to the mound and he would deliver a lights out performance. After surrendering 1 run and two hits in the first, Wyslobocki would not allow another hit the rest of the game. He would go all 9 innings allowing just 1 run on two hits, striking out 9 and did not walk a batter. OC would tie the game in the 3rd and take the lead in the 4th making the game 2-1. In the 8th innings OC would put up 5 runs to make the final score 7-1. Senior Davis Todosichuk and Freshman Tyler Monks both had 2 hits and a stolen base. King added two hits of his own and had two RBI.

Chris Wyslobocki

With the win, OC would head to the best of three final, and would wait for the winner between TRU and the UFV. UFV had lost their first game and would take the long road to the final. They would beat TRU 9-4 to set up the rematch of last years final.

In game one, OC would come out quick scoring a run in each of the first 3 innings including a long homerun by Fischer. With the score 3-0, UFV would take the lead in the top of the 6th by scoring 4 runs, taking advantage of some shaky OC defense. Errors would be the determining factor in the game as OC would commit 5, a couple that were very costly. Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik would throw well up until the 6th inning. he would throw 5.1 innings allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits, struck out 6 and walked 5. Freshman Austin Brown would take over and would throw 2 innings allowing just 1 earned run on 4 hits and struck out 3. Freshman Brendan Luther, Todosichuk and Fischer all had 2 hits. OC could not complete the comeback as they would lose game one of the final by a score of 6-4.

Brendan Luther

Game two would need some heroics to determine a winner. UFV would jump out to a 3-0 lead before the Coyotes would put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. After trading some runs, the score would be 5-5 going into the bottom of the 9th. With one man on Freshman Massimo Peranio blasted a mammoth 2-run homerun to left centerfield to walk it off. This would force a 3rd a final game.

Massimo Peranio

The final game would not be kind to the Coyotes as it seemed they had run out of gas. UFV would take an early lead and not look back. They would score 11 times in the first 5 innings, while OC could only manage two runs. UFV would induce the mercy rule after the 7th inning and would take the Championship with a 13-2 final.

Overall the season was a success for the Coyotes. They posted a 25-9 record and set many team records.

2019 CCBC Championship Tournament Day 1 Recap


The Okanagan College Coyotes made sure to bring their bats with them to Kamloops this weekend, as they were able to start off about as hot as possible—pummeling Vancouver Island by a football score of 26-0 in a 7-inning mercy. Starting Pitcher Wyatt Hummel coasted through five innings of work, allowing three hits and striking out 2 to earn the win. Reliever Alex Dawson closed out the last two innings, striking out 3 to complete the shut out.

The bats were hot for the Coyotes, as 13 different Coyotes hitters recorded an RBI, three coming to First Basemen Nate Postle, as well as three for Second Basemen Mike Duwyn, and Third Basemen Noah Wood-Jolivet. The Coyotes recorded 11 hits in the game, as well as 14 walks and 8 hit by pitches that contributed to the lopsided score.

Immediately following the game, the Coyotes squared off against the University of Calgary Dinos. The Coyotes hot start of the tournament carried over to game two, as they hit through the order for the third time in the afternoon putting up 5 runs in the first inning—being capped off by a 2-run double by Postle. That was all the Coyote pitching staff would need, as Pitcher of the Year Trevor Brigden allowed one run in 5 innings of work, striking out 6 in the 12-1 7-run mercy. The offense was spread around once again in the victory as six different Coyotes recorded an RBI—being capped off by First Team All-Conference Catcher Jake Fischer (3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI), Left-Fielder Jeremy Buckley (2 for 3 with 3 RBI) and Designated Hitter Nolan King (3-4 with a 2B and 3 RBI).

The Coyotes square off with first seed Thompson Rivers University Saturday at 1 PM for the bid to the final 3-game-series out of the winner’s bracket. Tune in to the Live Stream that can be found at–