The Okanagan College will be back on the field starting Labour Day Monday. Coming off their 2022 National Championship at the Canadian College World Series in May the Coyotes are poised to continue their winning ways. The Coyotes have won 3 of the last 4 championships, with 2020 being missed due to COVID.
“2022 was a special group, but now we are looking forward to the incoming group.” Says Head Coach Geoff White. “With a new year brings new challenges, new players, and new opportunity for players.”
2022 the Coyotes finished with an overall record of 39-8, 25-5 in conference and sweeping the Canadian College World Series with 4 straight wins. The team set records in many departments including wins, team batting average (.313), team E.R.A (3.05) and many more.
The Coyotes were also recognized in post season Canadian College Baseball Conference awards with multiple awards. Jayden Clayton (North Vancouver, BC, Senior, RHP) was named Pitcher of the Year. Cory Lawson (Calgary, AB, Freshman, RHP) was named Reliever of the Year. Chris Wyslobocki (Etobicoke, ON, Senior, RHP) was named Senior of the Year. Brendan Luther (Toronto, ON, Senior, INF) was named Co-MVP of the Conference after hitting .426 on the season. Named to the 1st team all-conference were OC Coyotes, Jayden Clayton, Chris Wyslobocki, Nolan King, Ryan Dousett, Brendan Luther, McCoy Pearce. Caleb Lumbard was voted a member of the 2nd team All-Conference.
Looking ahead at this season the Coyotes are looking forward to a new set of challenges in the fall. The team will head south to the San Francisco/ Bay Area to face five NCAA Division One programs. The Coyotes will face off against Sacramento State University Hornets, University of Pacific Tigers, University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears, San Jose State University Spartans, and University of Nevada- Reno Wolfpack.
“We are extremely excited for this opportunity for the Coyotes program,” says White. “We have been working diligently to get this point where we can face the highest level of college baseball. These are excellent, wining programs in Division One baseball and should be a fantastic experience and challenge for our program.” The Coyotes will come together on Monday September 5th for their first official workout. Their first game in the fall exhibition season will take on Friday September 9th in their annual Red vs Black intersquad. Full fall schedule is posted at www.okanagancollegebaseball.ca