This past weekend the Okanagan Coyotes travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta to face off against the number one team in the Canadian College Baseball Conference, the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. This would be the first games against PBA since last year’s CCBC championship game where the Dawgs beat the Coyotes 5-4.
Game one on Saturday saw the Coyotes start the weekend off slow as they dropped the first of the double header 9-3. The OC offense struggled to get going as they only managed 5 hits while striking out 11 times. Trevor Lofstrom was the bright spot offensively as he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. On the mound, freshman Aiden Mordecai threw well but a few too many walks was the difference maker as he walked 5, struck out 5 and game up 7 hits.
Game two on Saturday turned out to be a pitching duel as PBA edged the Coyotes 2-1. Junior Zac Yandeau went the distance for the Coyotes going 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 8. The only 2 runs were on a homerun in the 5th inning. Senior Jared Dulaba would hit his first homerun of the year and would be lone run for the Coyotes. Brandon Graham would contribute the other two hits for OC in the game. The offense once against struggled to find their groove finishing the game with 12 strikeouts and just 3 hits.
On Sunday, OC looked to bounce back and salvage a weekend, and hoped to get their offense back on track.
The First game on Sunday began strong for OC as they scored 3 runs in the first inning with a bases loaded clearing double by Liam Wyatt. The Coyotes would add two more runs in the top of the 4th inning on a 2 RBI single by Davis Todosichuk. PBA would answer back scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th. The game would continue to go back and forth as the Coyotes would score 3 runs in the top of the 6th on a Jared Frew 3 run homerun and PBA scoring 4 in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 8-8. In the top of the 7th OC would take the lead on a Todosichuk single scoring Lofstrom. OC starting pitcher Bo Meiklejohn would go 3.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, Cole Parussini would come in relief throwing 2.1 innings also giving up 4 runs on hits and Trevor Brigden would close the door for OC throwing 3 innings not allowing a run, striking out 5 and earning his 3rd win of the season.
OC looked to even the season series and would deliver as they finished the weekend with a 9-3 victory. Jake Fischer and Lofstrom would lead the way on offense as they both had 3 hits each and Fischer with 2 RBI. Jeremy Buckley would have the two big hits including a 2 RBI triple in the 8th inning to solidify the OC win. The OC offense would tally 14 hits in the game. Starting Pitcher Noah Wood-Jolivet would have a strong outing going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Easton Forrest would come in relief for 2 innings giving up just 1 run and Brandon Becking would finish the game.
Next up for the Coyotes is a Double header in Kamloops against Thompson Rivers University on Wednesday and then will be back at home versus Fraser Valley University on Friday.