The OC Coyotes recently played a home and home with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades, a matchup between two of the top 3 teams in the Canadian College Baseball Conference. The first two games of the series were played in Kelowna last Friday, the away games in Chilliwack were supposed to be played on Saturday but were moved to Tuesday as weather forced a rescheduling.
In game one, OC sent Chris Wyslobocki (Fresh, Toronto, On) to the Mound and he would continue his consistent freshman season. He would throw 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, and gave up just 2 earned runs. Cole Parussini (Senior, Vancouver, BC) would come in relief for the last two innings and would struggle to keep the 6-2 lead the Coyotes had going into the 9th. He would allow 4 runs in the 9th to make the score 6-6. The Offense in the game was powered by First Baseman Jared Frew (Senior, Calgary, AB) who would blast his 4th homerun of the season and add 3 RBI to his league lead. Catcher Jake Fischer (Junior, Edmonton, AB) would break out going 3 for 5. Outfielders Davis Todosichuk (Senior, Kelowna, BC) and Noah Wood-Jolivet (Soph, Mississauga, ON) would both have 2 hits in the game. With the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th, the Coyotes would load the bases for Designated Hitter Damien Obrigewtich (Fresh, Edmonton, AB). He would drive a ball deep enough to right field to allow Fischer to tag up at third and score the winning run. Final score 7-6.
Game two would see the OC defense struggle as they would commit 7 errors. Aiden Mordecai (Soph, Cloverdale, BC) would start on the mound, and while giving up 7 runs, only one would be an earned run due to all the errors behind him. The offenses for both teams would capitalize on walks and errors throughout the game. Todosichuk would continue his good offensive season racking up 3 hits and 2 RBI, and Jared Dulaba (Senior, Port Coquitlam, BC) would add to his stellar final season with 2 hits including his 6th double of the season. He would also drive in 2 runs and come around to score 3 times. In relief on the mound, Brandon Becking (Senior, Coquitlam, BC) would get little help behind him and would give up 5 runs, 3 earned, in just one inning of work. Justin Lanigan (Fresh, Cloverdale, BC) would throw 2 scoreless innings to give the Coyotes offense time to work. With the score now 12-12 in the bottom of the 7th, Fischer would score on a past ball to make the score 13-12, when the lights suddenly shut off. The game would be suspended until Tuesday when the Coyotes travelled to Chilliwack. Once the games continued, Wyatt Hummel (Junior, West Kelowna, BC) would take the mound and throw a 1-2-3 8th inning, and Trevor Brigden (Senior, Toronto, ON) would shut down the Cascades in the 9th. Dulaba would add an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th when he blasted his second homerun of the season over the center field wall. Final score 14-12 Coyotes.
Thursday first official game would have the Coyotes continue their strong play both on offense and the mound. Starting pitcher Zac Yandeau (Senior, Plumas, ON) would throw a strong 6 innings allowing just 2 earned runs on 7 hits. Jesse Poniewozik (Fresh, Edmonton, AB) would throw 1.1 innings in relief before handing the ball to Brigden to close out the game. Dulaba would continue to hit the ball as he would again blast a homerun over the center field wall and would add another base hit. Obrigewitch would come up clutch as he would hit a bases clearing triple to put the game out of reach. Final score 6-3 Coyotes.
In the final game, the Coyotes offense would capitalize on 4 Cascade errors to put up 11 runs and starting pitcher Cole Parussini would throw a stellar 5 innings giving up just one hit with two outs in the 5th. Catcher Sean Robbins (Soph, Edmonton, AB) would go 2 for 3 in the game to lead the offense. The Coyotes would mercy the Cascades in 5 innings as the 10 run rule would come into effect. Final score 11-0 Coyotes.
By sweeping the Cascades, the Coyotes now sit in first place, a half game up on the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.
Next up is a single game against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack today (Wednesday) at elks stadium starting a 1pm. The Coyotes will then host the University of Calgary Dinos for 4 games in their last regular season games of the year. First game will be Friday night a 6pm, then a double header on Saturday starting at 2pm and a single game on Sunday at 10am.