The Okanagan College Coyotes are eagerly awaiting their first games of the 2019 Canadian College Baseball Conference season that will put them up against the new team in the league, The Edmonton Collegiate Baseball Club. The Coyotes are continuing to train hard in their indoor facilities in preparation for their 2018 CCBC National Championship defense. The games start on Saturday March 23rd at 12pm, at historic Elks Stadium.
The team is looking solid with a deep pitching rotation, led by 2018 Pitcher of the Year, senior Trevor Brigden. The big right hander had an incredible 2018 season posting 0.87 ERA with a 4-0 record and striking out 57 batters in 31 innings. Last season Brigden was primarily coming out of the bullpen but will be the teams Ace starting pitcher in 2019. Also looking to be an impact on the mound are Junior Wyatt Hummel, Sophomores Chris Wyslobocki and Jesse Poniewozik, and Freshmen Nick Lee, Austin Brown and Nic Taylor. Hummel was primarily a reliever last season posting a 3.65 ERA in 24.2 innings. Wyslobocki is coming off a stellar freshman season with a 2.37 ERA, striking out 39 batters in 57 innings. Poniewozik would see most of his 17.2 innings out of the pen, but would still have a 3-0 record and a 3.06 ERA. Lee, Brown and Taylor have all shown well this spring and have propelled themselves into important roles.
On the offensive side, the Coyotes will be led by Seniors Davis Todosichuk and Jake Fischer. Todosichuk led the Coyotes in batting with a .371 average and also led the league in Doubles with 14, stolen bases with 22 and runs with 35. Fischer, who had a somewhat down year in 2018, batted .235 with 14 RBI. In 2017 he batted .340 with 4 HR and 21 RBI. Fischer will look to repeat what he did in his Sophomore season. Also looking to contribute on the offensive side are Junior Noah Wood-Jolivet, who batted .340 with 23 RBI in 2018 and Sophomore Trevor Mlait, who also hit well batting .325. Rounding out the offense are Senior Jeremy Buckley, Senior Eric Junnola, Sophomore Dylan Faulkner, Freshman Brendan Luther and Freshman Nolan King. All have shown that they will be big contributors coming into the 2019 season.
Overall the team looks solid. Pitching will have lots of depth and will give the team a good chance to win every game. The offense will be dangerous in all aspects of the game. Good speed, lots of contact, and guys with pop with make this group very dynamic. On defense, the team will be tough to get balls by. When all these aspects come together, the Yotes will be a tough group to beat.