Player Profile: James Ward

banner-JamesWardKelowna native James Ward in a freshman with the Okanagan College Coyotes baseball club and is fitting in nicely with Geoff White’s team.

Last season with the Athletics, he hit .250 with 35 hits, three doubles and two triples in 140 at bats.  Over the course of 47 games, Ward collected 18 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases.

Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters) talks with James to get his thoughts on the fall in 2013 …

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Red Wins on Bases Loaded Walk Off Single

Team Red walked off in the bottom of the 9th in Game four of the Fall World Series to win 5-4.  Jared Dulaba (Inf, Freshman, Port Coquitlam) hit an RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs to clinch the title.

This concludes the fall season where the Coyotes finished with a 20-6 record.

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100 Inning Game

The Coyotes host their 4th Annual 100 Inning baseball game on Sunday at Elks Stadium beginning at 10am.

The game is a fundraiser for the program as the money is used for scholarships, travel, uniforms and equipment.

Head Coach Geoff White breaks his players into two teams; Red and Black.  In the past games have become heated as players want to win….the losers of this game must run Knox Mountain.

Ryan Watters talks with Coach White …

 

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Coyotes Face Wolfpack

banner-TRU-OCThe Coyotes will face the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack this weekend in a home and home to conclude the competitive portion of their fall schedule.

The Coyotes and Wolfpack will play on Saturday afternoon at 1pm in Kamloops in game one of the home and home.  Then Sunday afternoon at 1pm they’ll meet for the final time this fall at Elks Stadium.

Two weeks ago these two clubs faced in other twice in the Coyotes’ Fall Invitational tournament.  The Coyotes shutout the Wolfpack 4-0 in game one behind a complete game shutout tossed by veteran lefty Zach Burlon.

In game two the Wolfpack defeated the Yotes 5-1.

Depending on weather the Coyotes will play their annual intersquad Fall World Series beginning on Tuesday.  Head Coach Geoff White will split his team into “Red” and “Black” and they will play a Best of 5.

On Sunday October 27 the Coyotes will host their “100 Inning Game” fundraiser at Elks Stadium beginning at 10:00am.

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Player Profile: Clay Davis

Meet Coyotes catcher and business student Clay Davis.  The Edmonton native tells us his favourite Major League team, why he became a catcher as he talks with Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

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Coyotes Alumni Recap

The Okanagan College Coyotes hosted their annual alumni game on Thursday night at Elks Stadium with the current Coyotes beating the alumni 14-3.

“It was lots of fun with lots of laughs,” said Head Coach Geoff White.  It was a big step for our program to have that many players coming back to play in this game.”

Local talent Mike Monster was impressive on the bump for the alumni side throwing 94mphs on a consistent basis.  Cody Valgardson who played with the Coyotes in their inaugural year, 2008 finished 4-5 to lead the alumni side.

The Coyotes will take Thanksgiving weekend off to spend with their families, then prepare for a home and home with TRU weather permitting the following weekend.

The annual “100 Inning Fundraiser Game” is scheduled for Sunday October 27th beginning at 10:00am.

Watch Monster hit 94mph on the gun…

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Coyotes Alumni Game

OC-Baseball-TeamPic2011The Okanagan College Coyotes will host their 2013 Alumni game tonight at Elks Stadium at 6:30pm.

The current Coyotes have been on  role this fall with a 12-4 record.  They will face 15 players that will represent the “alumni” ranging from the first team in 2007 up until graduates of last year’s team.

The game shows fans how the team has grown over the last six years.  Head Coach Geoff White created the relationship with Okanagan College to bring collegiate baseball to the City in the fall and spring months, giving players an opportunity to further their education while continuing to play baseball at a high level.

“It’s great to see how our program has grown,” said White.  “A lot of our players that have come through our program and have received a top notch education at Okanagan College in a trade of their choice while playing in the CCBC.  It’s a win-win for our players and the College.”

On the line for both teams will be bragging rights.  Following the Alumni game the Coyotes will have the Thanksgiving long weekend off, before a home and home with TRU next weekend, weather permitting.

The Coyotes annual “100 Inning Fundraiser Game” is scheduled for Sunday October 27 starting at 10am at Elks Stadium.

Photo is of the 2011 OC Coyotes

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Fall Invitational Recap

banner-Coyotoes-OpenFallCamp2013The Okanagan College Coyotes hosted their Fall Invitational baseball tournament last weekend and finished 4-2.

For the most part, this is the only time the Yotes and head coach Geoff White has the opportunity to see the competition that they will face in the spring season.

The Coyotes opened the exhibition tournament against the Okanagan Athletics from the BC Premier League and recorded an 8-2 victory last Thursday evening.

Friday the Coyotes played in a very busy triple header and won all three games.

First up was the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack and a 4-0 win.  The Yotes were led by veteran lefty Zach Burlon who threw a complete game shutout.

The Coyotes followed that up with a 4-3 walk off victory over the University of Calgary to remain perfect in the tourney.

Then in the night cap the Coyotes would face the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI) Mariners and record a 5-3 win.  Starter Tanner Collins was solid on the bump.

On Saturday the Coyotes played just one game and fell 7-4 to the Mariners.  The Coyotes were up 4-0 through the first four innings behind a solid start from Joel Lamont.  Once he left the game Coach White gave some of his younger pitchers a chance to throw to see what they could do against a quality opponent.

Then on Sunday the Coyotes finished the tournament with a 5-1 loss to the Wolfpack.

“Overall I was happy with how our guys performed,” said Coach White.  “This weekend gave us a chance to scout our players and see what they could do in a game situation, and at the same time see what the other teams have going into the spring.”

The Coyotes are 12-4 this fall season and will host their annual Alumni game on Thursday at 6:30pm.  Players from all six years will play.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

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Fall Invitational Tournament

banner-AlexBradley-OkanaganCollegeFallInvitationalThe Okanagan College Coyotes Baseball club will host the 2013 Fall Invitational tournament this weekend at Elks Stadium.

The five team tournament which begins on Thursday at 6:00pm will feature the Coyotes hosting the University of Calgary Dinos, the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack (Kamloops), the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (Nanaimo) and the Okanagan Athletics.

This will be the only time this fall the Coyotes and Head Coach Geoff White get a chance to see their main opposition for the 2014 spring season.

“We are excited to see what we will be up against come spring,” says White.  So far this fall we have mainly been playing intersquads and high school teams so it will be nice to see what other programs from our conference have for us, and see where we stack up.”

The Fall Invitational begins on Thursday when the Coyotes matchup with the Okanagan Athletics at 6:00pm.  Then on Friday all five teams will see action.  The schedule is as follows:

Friday
11:00am – Okanagan College (OC) vs. Thompson Rivers University (TRU)
1:30pm – Okanagan Athletics vs. TRU
4:00pm – OC vs. University of Calgary (UofC)
6:15pm – UofC vs. Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI)
8:30pm – OC vs. VIBI

Saturday
9:00am – Athletics vs. UofC
11:30am – VIBI vs. Athletics
2:00pm – UofC vs. TRU
4:30pm – TRU vs. VIBI
7:00pm – OC vs. VIBI

Sunday
9:30am – VIBI vs. UofC
12:00pm – TRU vs. UofC
2:30pm – OC vs. TRU

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Yotes Sweep Weekend

The Coyotes finished up the weekend with 6 wins.  The Yotes would win over Edmonton Prospects twice, White Rock Tritons twice and SOMBA Tigers twice.  With some questionable weather the field luckily held up and the Coyotes were able to get all games at Elks Stadium.

Next up is the fall invitational weekend with TRU, University of Calgary, VIBI and the Okanagan Athletics.  This is the first time and only time all fall the Coyotes will see these conference opponents (TRU,VIBI, UofC)

“We are excited to see what we will be up against come spring.  So far this fall we have mainly been playing intersquads and high school teams so it will be nice to see what other programs from our conference have for us, and see where we stack up.” Head Coach Geoff White

 

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