The Okanagan College Coyotes wrapped up their regular season play this past weekend with a 4 games set against the University of Calgary Dinos with first place on the line. The Coyotes would wrap up the weekend coming just short by splitting the weekend games. They would finish the season in second place with a 20-8 record, one game behind the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.
In game one on Friday, the OC offense could not get anything going as the Dinos starter would hold the Coyotes to no hits until the 7th inning. Catcher Jake Fischer (Junior, Edmonton, AB) would get the Coyotes first hit in the bottom of the 7th with a lead off single. OC would only manage one more hit in the game, coming off the bat of outfielder Trevor Mlait (Fresh, West Kelowna, BC). He would eventually come around to score for the Coyotes lone run in the game. Starting pitcher Chris Wyslobocki (Fresh, Toronto, ON) would go 8 strong innings allowing just 3 earned runs on 6 hits. Final score 4-1 Dinos.
On Saturday, the Coyotes would look to rebound offensively and get back to their hitting ways. In game one, starting pitcher Cole Parussini (Senior, Vancouver, BC) would struggle to be consistent and would only last 4 innings. He would give up 8 earned runs on 7 hits and would strike out 5. OC would jump out to an early lead, 4-2 in after 2 innings, but the Dinos would reply with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd to take the lead. They would add 3 more runs in the 5th inning. In relief, Jesse Poniewozik (Fresh, Edmonton, AB) would throw a strong 4 innings allowing just 1 earned run on 3 hits, and struck out 4. This would allow the OC offense to battle back. In the bottom of the 6th, OC would put up 4 runs to tie the game at 8-8. OC would score a run in each of the next two innings to push the score to 10-8. Wyatt Hummel (Junior, West Kelowna, BC) would come in for the save in the 9th inning. He would allow one run before shutting the door. Offensively, the Coyotes were led by Noah Wood Jolivet (Soph, Mississauga, ON) who had 4 RBI, and catcher Jake Fischer (Junior, Edmonton, AB) and Eric Junnola (Junior, Okatoks, AB) both had 2 hits. Final Score 10-9 Coyotes.
In Game two, the Coyotes would not be able to overcome an early deficit. The Dinos offense would capitalize on their opportunities scoring 7 times in the top of the 2nd inning. Starting pitcher Zac Yandeau (Senior, Plumas, MB) would allot 9 earned runs in 4.1 innings before giving the ball to Alex Dawson (Fresh, Richmond, BC). Dawson would throw 2.1 innings allowing 4 earned runs on 2 hits. Brandon Becking (Senior, Coquitlam, BC) would throw 1.1 innings allowing 1 earned run and then Hummel would finish the game with a clean 9th inning. The OC offense would chip away at the lead, but the pitchers and defense just could not shut down the Dinos. Wood-Jolivet would again have a big game going 3 for 6, Davis Todosichuk (Senior, Kelowna, BC) would get 2 hits and 3 RBI, Jared Frew (Senior, Calgary, AB) and Junnola would both have 2 hits and 2 RBI. Final score 15-10 Dinos.
In the final game of the regular season, OC needed a win to give them a chance at first place. They would deliver both on the mound and at the plate. Starting pitcher Trevor Brigden (Senior, Toronto, ON), who is normally the teams closer, game the team 6.1 innings of dominance as he would give up just 2 hits and strike out 11 batters. Aiden Mordecai (Soph, Cloverdale, BC) would finish off the 7th inning. Frew would have another 2 hits game and would drive in 3 runs. Brandon Graham (Senior, Prince George, BC) would drive in two runs and would have 2 hits in the game. The OC offense capitalized on 12 walks and would win the game 10-0 in 7 innings.
The Coyotes will now prepare for the Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship held in Kamloops BC. The Tournament begins on Wednesday with the CCBC awards banquet where the Coyotes should bring home a few awards. The pitching staff led the league in ERA and gave up the least amount of hits. The Offense led the league in triples and homeruns, slugging percentage, walks, On-Base percentage and set a new team record for stolen bases with 66.
The Coyotes will start the tournament with two games on Thursday at 10am vs UFV and 1pm vs PBA, Friday 10am vs VIU and 7pm vs TRU and will wrap up the round robin on Saturday at 12pm vs UC. The Semi-final and Final will be played on Sunday.
For the entire tournament schedule, please visit http://pointstreaksites.com/view/ccbc