After a tough series in Nanaimo, the Coyotes were looking to have a solid weekend against their long time rivals, the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack, and they did so by taking all 3 games outscoring TRU 27-7 and out hitting them 34-18, including hitting 6 homeruns. The 2nd game of the series was rescheduled due to weather and field conditions.
The series began on Thursday in Kamloops and the Coyotes came out swinging. They would put up 17 hits including big games from Center Fielder Davis Todosichuk (Senior, Kelowna, BC) who went 3 for 5 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI, First Baseman Jared Frew (Senior, Calgary, AB) went 2 for 4 with a homerun and 3 RBI, Third Baseman Brandon Graham (Senior, Prince George, BC) went 2 for 3 with a homerun, Designated Hitter Dylan Faulkner (Fresh, Kelowna, BC) went 2 for 3 including his first college homerun and Outfielder Trevor Mlait (Fresh, West Kelowna, BC) went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. On the Mound, Chris Wyslobocki (Fresh, Toronto, ON) had another solid start going 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 6. Wyatt Hummel (Junior, West Kelowna, BC) would throw two innings in relief, allowing no earned runs, walking 2 and striking out 3. Final score would be 13-2 for the Coyotes.
Game two on Thursday would have to be rescheduled as constant rain would make the field unplayable. The game is rescheduled on a later date.
The series would shift back to Kelowna on Sunday for a double header. The OC pitchers would continue their streak of not giving up earned runs as they shutout the Wolfpack 2-0. Starting pitcher Aiden Mordecai (Soph, Cloverdale, BC) would throw 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 5 and striking out3. Mordecai would struggle with his command but continually made the right pitches to escape innings. Zac Yandeau (Senior, Plumas, MB) would throw two innings in relief and Trevor Brigden (Senior, Toronto, BC) would close the door for the Coyotes. Offensively, Davis Todosichuk would lead off the game with his first homerun of the season and Jared Frew would hit his 3rd homerun of the season in the 4th.
The final game of the weekend would be another offensive game for the Coyotes. In the second inning the Coyotes would put up 4 runs, another 4 runs in the third and two more in the forth to take a 10-2 lead. TRU would put up 3 runs over the next 4 innings but OC would answer with 2 more runs in the eighth to make the final score 12-5. Brandon Graham would have another big game going 2 for 5, hitting his 3rd homerun of the season. Second Baseman Eric Junnola (Junior, Okotoks, AB) would go 2 for 3 scoring twice and Short Stop Jared Dulaba (Senior, Port Coquitlam, BC) would go 1 for 3 with 4 RBI, including a bases clearing double. On the Mound, Cole Parussini (Senior, Vancouver, BC) would get through 6 innings of work, allowing 3 earned runs (The first earned runs against the OC pitching staff in over 30 innings) giving up 6 hits, walking 7 and striking out 6. Three OC relief pitchers would finish off the game giving the Coyotes the sweep.
The Coyotes record is now 6-5, which puts them within striking distance of first place.
Next for the Coyotes will be a home and home series starting Friday with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The Cascades have been playing well and will be a good test for the Coyotes.
Fridays games will be home games at Elks stadium starting at 3pm.