The Okanagan College Coyotes split their final fall weekend with their Canadian College Baseball Conference rivals, the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack. Both teams would win their games on their home field as TRU would win 8-4 and 9-4 in Kamloops on Saturday and OC would win both on Saturday by 12-6 and walking off in the bottom of the 9th by a 9-8 score.
In game one on Saturday, OC would send Freshman Pitchier Nick Lee (Victoria BC) to the mound. He would throw 4 innings allowing no runs, 4 hits and striking out 5. OC would take an early 4-1 lead going into the 7th innings. TRU would put up 7 runs in the 7th off of relief pitcher Jayden Clayton (Fresh, North Vancouver, BC). Brennan Flodin would come in to stop the bleeding in the 7th and would throw a scoreless 8th inning. Offensively, OC could only muster 4 hits, including 2 from Freshman Massimo Peranio (Abbotsford,BC) who stroked a double and a triple.
In game two, the Coyotes offense would again struggle to get things going. The lone bright spot would come from Sophomore Infielder Nate Postle (Victoria, BC) who went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. 4 other OC hitters would hit doubles but it would not be enough. Starting pitcher Alex Dawson (Soph, Richmond, BC) would struggle and could not get out of the 2nd inning. He would give up 7 runs on 7 hits. Freshman Ethan Loran (Badlands, AD) would come in relief and would not give up a run in 2 innings. Junior Darren Reay would take over after Loran and would throw 3.2 solid innings, giving the OC offense a chance to get back into the game, but it would be too little too late.
Saturday would give the Coyotes a chance to bounce back on their home field and they would come out swinging. They would blast 14 hits scoring 12 times. Loran would lead the way with 3 hits including 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Lee would add 2 hits, including a double and had 3 RBI and Freshman Alex Andres (Medicine Hat, AB) would also have 2 hits and 2 RBI. Chace Davidson (Soph, Saskatoon, SK) would be 2-4 and came around to score 3 times. On the mound, Freshman Derek Powell (Abbotsford, BC) would throw 5 solid innings allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, and struck out 3.
In game 4 of the weekend, OC would take the lead early, but would give up 5 runs on the top of the 5th inning. They would trail by a 8-6 score going into the bottom of the 9th when Senior catcher Jake Fischer (Edmonton, AB) would blast his second homerun of the game to tie it up at 8-8. After TRU was able to roll a 5 to 3 double play, Sophomore Damian Obrigewtich (Edmonton, AB) would hit a ball over the first baseman’s head to score Eric Junnola (Senior, Calgary, BC) from second base. Fischer would finish the game 3-5 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI. 4 OC hitters would add 2 hits for OC throughout the game. On the mound, Freshman Nic Taylor (Calgary, AB) would throw 4 innings allowing 1 earned run on just 2 hits. In relief, Freshman Tyler Monks (Guelph, ON) would struggle to make the TRU hitters swing a miss as he would surrender 5 runs on 4 hits in just a third of an inning. Sophomore Justin Lanigan (Cloverdale, BC) would throw 2.2 innings allowing no runs a just 1 hit. Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik (Edmonton, AB) would throw the last two innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits to keep OC close enough to get the eventual walk off win.
Next up for OC will be their Fall World Series. The teams have been drafted up by the upperclassmen and will begin on Tuesday night at 7pm. They will again play Wednesday night at 7pm before taking Thursday off. They will resume with a 4:30pm Friday game and then will play at 11am on Saturday. Sunday will bring their annual 100 inning game fundraiser where the OC players get to dress up in their Halloween costumes to play 100 innings of slow pitch and have some fun.