The Okanagan College Coyotes have returned from their annual Spring trip which took them to Nevada and Arizona. The trip lasted 12 days, playing 13 games over the span of the trip against some of the best Junior College teams in the US. This trips purpose is to set the Coyotes up against high level competition and to evaluate where they have success and where they need to improve heading into their CCBC season.
The Coyotes began their trip in Las Vegas, where they played five games. They began the trip against Salt Lake Community College. OC would have the lead going into the ninth inning, but with two outs, SLCC would score two runs to take the walkoff win 6-5. Game two would result in a 8-0 lose to the very tough South Mountain Community College. Next up for the Coyotes was against highly ranked Yavapai Community College from Arizona. The Coyotes would not be able to contain the Yavapai offense as they would fall 8-2. On the last day of the first leg of the trip, OC would play two games. The first would be against Green Valley High School, in which the Coyotes would come out victorious 6-2. The night game would be against the College of Southern Idaho, which had the Coyotes leading into the 9th innings until CSI put a run across to tie the game. In the 10th inning, CSI would score the game ending run to walkoff on the Coyotes.
The middle part of the trip had OC travel to Arizona, where the competition would intensify. To begin the second part of the trip, OC played against #2 Ranked Central Arizona College. CAC would flex their muscle and show why they are highly ranked as they pounded OC 18-1. Next for the Yotes would be the new NAIA program Ottawa University (Not Canada). The Coyotes bats would fall silent once again as they would lose 11-0. In their final game in Arizona, OC would play Arizona Christian University. With the rain pouring down, the game would end in a tie 7-7 after the 9th inning concluded.
The Coyotes would travel back to Las Vegas for the final portion of the trip. They would begin with another game against Green Valley High School. The Coyotes may have been feeling the effects of being on the bus constantly as they would lose 19-7. The next three games would be against top 25 ranked College of Southern Nevada. The Yotes would play their most competitive baseball of the trip despite losing all three game by scores of 4-2, 8-2 and 10-2. The OC pitchers stepped up their game throwing very well, but a few costly errors and lack of offense would lead to the loses. The last game of the trip would be against Utah State University-Eastern, and again would result in a loss despite great pitching by a score of 5-3.
Despite their record of 1-11-1, the Coyotes felt the trip was a great success. They were very competitive in almost every game, and came out with a understanding of where they need to improve heading into their season.
Next up for the Coyotes will be against Douglas College in Vancouver on March 3 & 4.