The OC Coyotes took on the Vancouver Island University Mariners over the weekend and finished with a 2-3 record. While the wins and loses do not necessarily matter through the fall, the Coyotes learned some valuable lessons on how they need to perform to be consistently successful on the field. Throughout the course of the weekend, the Coyotes pitching staff showed glimpses of dominance, but would get hurt when they allowed too many walks and left too many pitches over the middle of the plater. The OC offense would also struggle to be consistent as they would leave too many runners in scoring position and would strike out way too many times.
In game one, Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik (Edmonton, AB) would take the mound and throw 4 solid innings allowing just 2 hits. Sophomore Alex Dawson (Richmond, BC) would come in relief and throw 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 4. On the Offensive side, Sophomore Trevor Mlait (West Kelowna, BC) would lead the way going 2-4 with an inside the park homerun and 2 RBI. Freshman Nolan King (Regina, SK) would also have 2 hits and would drive in 2 RBI. OC would win the game 6-3.
Game two would see OC come out on top again by a score of 12-6. The offense would erupt for 13 hits, 3 coming from Senior Jake Fischer (Edmonton, AB) including a 2-run homerun. Fischer would have 4 RBI in the game. Freshman Brendan Luther (Etobicoke, ON) would also have 3 hits including 2 doubles and would have 3 RBI. Senior Davis Todosichuk (Kelowna, BC) and Junior Noah Wood-Jolivet (Toronto, ON) would both contribute with 2 hits. On the mound, Freshman Nick Lee (Victoria, BC) would throw 4 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits, he would walk 2 and strike out 4. Junior Darren Reay would throw 2 relief innings allowing just one run and Sophomore Justin Lanigan (Cloverdale, BC) would shut the door in the 7th.
Game three would see VIU take advantage late scoring 4 runs in the top of the 7th to top the Coyotes 6-5. Freshman Nic Taylor (Calgary, BC) would have a solid start on the mound throwing 4 innings, allowing no runs and giving up just one hit. He would strike out 6 batters and not allow a walk. In relief, Alex Andres (Medicine Hat, AB) would allow 2 runs in two innings, giving up 3 hits and striking out 2. The score would be 2-1 after 6 innings, Freshman Brett Melanson (Sudbury, ON) would take over in relief but would struggle, allowing the first 4 runners to come in to score. He would allow 3 earned runs on 3 hits. The Coyote offense would be held down for most of the game until the 7th inning where they would score 3 runs but would come up short. Freshman Tyler Monks (Guelph, ON) would lead the offense going 3 for 3 with a triple and came around to score twice. Freshman Ethan Gray (Langley, BC) would go 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI. VIU would win the game 6-5.
Game 4 of the weekend would again see VIU come out on top 8-4. Freshman Derek Powell (Abbotsford, BC) would pitch 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 3. Freshman Ethan Loran (Badlands, AB) would throw 2 innings in relief allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits. and Freshman Noah Zenkewich (Grande Prairie, AB) would throw the final 3 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out 2. Offensively, Luther would continue his hitting ways as he would go 3 for 4. Melanson would contribute at the plate going 2-4 with a double.
In the final game of the weekend, VIU would capitalize on walks and pitches left over the middle of the plate, as they would take the game by a 5-4 final. Freshman Jayden Clayton (North Vancouver, BC) would throw 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, walking one and striking out 2. In relief, Sophomore Dylan Koenig (Medicine Hat, AB) would throw 2 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and walked 2. Sophomore Gavin Barret (Kelowna, BC) would also throw 2 innings, allowing no runs and no hits, wlaking two and striking out 2. Freshman Brennan Flodin (North Delta, BC) would finish the game throwing 2 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits. Offensively the Coyotes would be held off the score board until the 8th inning. They would score three run in the 8th and one in the 9th, coming up just sh0rt again. OC would only have 4 hits in the game.
Next up will be a mid week game against the Okanagan Athletics on Wednesday, and then their final weekend set against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack. They will travel to Kamloops on Saturday and will play at home on Sunday. Sundays double header will start at 1pm at Elks Stadium.