Championship Schedule Released

The Coyotes will host the 2017 CCBC Championships this week.  With the regular season complete and standing sets the Coyotes schedule will be:

Wednesday May 10th @ 7:30pm vs UFV

Thursday May 11th @ 7:30pm vs VIU

Friday May 12th @ 7:30pm vs PBA

Saturday May 13th @ 1:00pm vs UofC

With a 15-13 record and 8-2 in their last ten the Coyotes are looking to make a run deep into the championship and return to the weekend final.

“We have been working hard all year for this weekend, we had some bumps and bruises along the way, but we have been playing better baseball of late.  If we pitch well and to our capability we will have a chance.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

All games are hosted at Elks Stadium starting Wednesday morning at 10:00am.  12 games in total are scheduled to crown a champion.

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Split in Alberta

This past weekend the Okanagan Coyotes travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta to face off against the number one team in the Canadian College Baseball Conference, the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs. This would be the first games against PBA since last year’s CCBC championship game where the Dawgs beat the Coyotes 5-4.

Game one on Saturday saw the Coyotes start the weekend off slow as they dropped the first of the double header 9-3. The OC offense struggled to get going as they only managed 5 hits while striking out 11 times. Trevor Lofstrom was the bright spot offensively as he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. On the mound, freshman Aiden Mordecai threw well but a few too many walks was the difference maker as he walked 5, struck out 5 and game up 7 hits.

Game two on Saturday turned out to be a pitching duel as PBA edged the Coyotes 2-1. Junior Zac Yandeau went the distance for the Coyotes going 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 8. The only 2 runs were on a homerun in the 5th inning. Senior Jared Dulaba would hit his first homerun of the year and would be lone run for the Coyotes. Brandon Graham would contribute the other two hits for OC in the game. The offense once against struggled to find their groove finishing the game with 12 strikeouts and just 3 hits.

On Sunday, OC looked to bounce back and salvage a weekend, and hoped to get their offense back on track.

The First game on Sunday began strong for OC as they scored 3 runs in the first inning with a bases loaded clearing double by Liam Wyatt. The Coyotes would add two more runs in the top of the 4th inning on a 2 RBI single by Davis Todosichuk. PBA would answer back scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th. The game would continue to go back and forth as the Coyotes would score 3 runs in the top of the 6th on a Jared Frew 3 run homerun and PBA scoring 4 in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 8-8. In the top of the 7th OC would take the lead on a Todosichuk single scoring Lofstrom. OC starting pitcher Bo Meiklejohn would go 3.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, Cole Parussini would come in relief throwing 2.1 innings also giving up 4 runs on hits and Trevor Brigden would close the door for OC throwing 3 innings not allowing a run, striking out 5 and earning his 3rd win of the season.

 OC looked to even the season series and would deliver as they finished the weekend with a 9-3 victory. Jake Fischer and Lofstrom would lead the way on offense as they both had 3 hits each and Fischer with 2 RBI. Jeremy Buckley would have the two big hits including a 2 RBI triple in the 8th inning to solidify the OC win. The OC offense would tally 14 hits in the game. Starting Pitcher Noah Wood-Jolivet would have a strong outing going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Easton Forrest would come in relief for 2 innings giving up just 1 run and Brandon Becking would finish the game.

Next up for the Coyotes is a Double header in Kamloops against Thompson Rivers University on Wednesday and then will be back at home versus Fraser Valley University on Friday.

 

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Alberta Bound-Weekend Preview

The Coyotes will hit the road this weekend to Lethbridge where they will face the 1st place Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.  The Dawgs are riding a 11 game win streak after having faced last place University of Calgary the last eight games.

Last weekend the Coyotes split with the UFV Cascades in a home and home series that say all four games won by one run.

“We are coming off a weekend where we really weren’t consistent as an entire group,” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “We had some good pitching and defense but couldn’t get a timely hit, other games we had poor pitching and got our hits.”

Brandon Graham and Jared Frew have come on of late combining for 10-25 , 10 BBs, 6 runs.

“We need to continue to throw up quality innings on the mound and at bats, we have shown flashes but haven’t of late played consistent baseball, we will need to do that to have success this weekend.” finishes White.

 

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Yotes Walk Off Twice

The Coyotes faced the new addition to the CCBC for the first time on Friday.  The UFV Cascades came to Elks Stadium and left with two losses.

Game one saw Aiden Mordecai throw 6 2/3 innings surrendering only one earned run while striking out 10.  Lee Worobec and Trevor Brigden would each throw a scoreless inning in relief.

Noah Wood-Jolivet would lead the offense going 1-2 with 2 walks and scoring twice.  Brandon Graham would provide the walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to cash in Wood-Jolivet

“Mordecai was much better today, he was able to get ahead and make some pitches when he needed to.” says Head Coach Geoff White.   The Coyotes would turn 3 double plays.

Game two had Wood-Jolivet take the ball and navigate 6 innings giving up 3 runs while walking 3 and striking out 1.  Easton Forrest, Chase Harris, Sam Stelnick would each throw an inning before Trevor Bridgen picked up the win in the 9th.

Coyotes hitting were kept off balance as UFV starter struckout 12 OC batters.  The Yotes would get on the board in the 5th when they scored 4 runs.  Erick Junnola singled followed by a walk to Jake Fischer, Liam Wyatt and Brandon Graham then each hit a double.  Jared Frew would then cash in Brandon Graham with an RBI single.

In the 9th, Alex Russell would lead off the inning with a walk off of UFV reliever.  Davis Todosichuk would then sacrifice him over.  A wild pitch would advance Russell to third when Erick Junnola hit a fly ball to right field that would plate Russell and tie the game.

In extra innings Liam Wyatt led off with a single and would steal second and advance to third on a groundout by Trevor Lofstrom.  Jared Frew would finish the day with a walk off rbi single to right field.

“It was nice to win both today, however, we need to be better at the plate and capitalize when given opportunities.  When we are walked 14+ times in two games and only score 9 runs in 19 innings we need to step it up at the plate.” says White.  “Luckily we pitched better and made plays when we needed to to keep the game close.”

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Week 3 Preview

The Coyotes will head in week three of the CCBC with lots to prove.  After a tough road weekend in Nanaimo, where the Coyotes were swept and lost three games by one run, there is no secret for what needs to happen.

“Bottom line we need to pitch better, we walked way to many, and didn’t get quality at bats with runners on.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Coyotes surrendered 30 walks over the 4 game set, 12 of which led to runs.

“It was a recipe for disaster when we walk that many in close game, I’m confident we will have a much better weekend on the mound.” adds White.

The Coyotes head into a home and home series with regional rival TRU Wolfpack.  TRU is coming off a weekend where they went 1-3 against Prairie Baseball Academy.  Game times for the weekend will be Saturday at 3:00pm & 6:00pm at Elks Stadium, and the same times on Sunday in Kamloops at Norbrock Stadium.

Saturday at 6:00pm is also student and fan appreciation night where there will be free hot dogs on hand courtesy of Bonanza Meatpackers, Specialty Bakery and Kal Tire.

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Okanagan Baseball Classic Tourney Schedule

Thursday:

5:30pm- Okanagan Athletics vs Okotoks Black

8:00pm- Victoria Mariners vs Okotoks Red

Friday:

8:00am- Edmonton Prospects vs Okotoks Red

10:30am- Edmonton Prospects vs Victoria Mariners

1:00pm- Okanagan Athletics vs North Delta Blue Jays

3:30pm- Parksville  Royals vs Victoria Mariners

6:00pm- Okotoks Black vs Nanaimo Pirates

8:30pm- Nanaimo Pirates vs North Delta Blue Jays

Saturday:

8:00am- Okotoks Black vs North Delta Blue Jays

10:30am- Parksville Royals vs Okotoks Red

1:00pm- Okanagan Athletics vs Nanaimo Pirates

3:30pm- Parksville Royals vs Edmonton

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Opening Weekend Recap

The Coyotes got off to a hot start in their run for the 2017 Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference Championship taking 3 of 4 games from the University of Calgary Dinos this past weekend. The Coyotes out-scored their opponent 41-15, while recording 41 hits, including three homeruns.

In game one on Friday, Sophomore Catcher Jake Fischer got the season started right when he blasted the first OC homerun of the year in the bottom of the first inning to give the coyotes a 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher, Cole Parussini (Senior), went 4 strong innings, giving up just 4 hits and striking out 7. Sophomore Same Stelnick came in relief in the 5th inning, and wasn’t welcomed nicely as the first batter he faced hit a solo homerun on the first pitch he threw. Stelnick kept his composure and battled for 3 innings making some big pitches to get out of a couple jams and eventually got the win. The Coyotes would turn up the offense in the 6th scoring 3 runs, and then in the 7th finishing off the Dinos with 8 runs, including a walk off mercy Grand Slam by Sophomore Liam Wyatt.

On Saturday, the Coyotes would play games two and three in a double header. They would continue their dominant play as they would take the game one by a score of 9-1. Junior Zac Yandeau took the mound and dominated through 8 innings, giving up just one run on 4 hits, walking two and striking out 13 Dinos. Offensively, Jake Fischer again led the charge racking up 3 RBI. The Coyotes again were able to take an early lead scoring two in the first, then would put up four more runs in the 3rd inning, one in the 5th and two in the 8th. Seniors Jared Frew and Jared Dulaba, Liam Wyatt and Freshman Marcus Glowacki all added RBI’s.

Game three of the weekend didn’t see the Coyotes play their best as they dropped the game 8-7. Walks would be the big factor in the outcome of the game as the Coyotes pitches allowed 11 walks, 5 of them coming around to score. Offensively, Sophomore Trevor Lofstrom was the big highlight of the game as he crushed a 3 run homerun in the bottom of the 2nd inning, his first of the year, after the Dinos had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. The Dinos quickly responded with a run in each of the next two innings to tie the game a 3-3. The Coyotes would take back the lead in the bottom of the 5th scoring 2 runs, but would relinquish the lead in the top of the 6th when the Dinos put up 3 or their own. Freshman pitcher Aiden Mordecai would pitch ok, but definitely was uncharacteristic as he walked 5 batters. He would battle through 5 innings, giving up just 2 hits, and striking out 8. Junior Chase Harris would throw one inning and would struggle as he gave up 3 runs, and walking 3 batter. Following him was Freshman Lee Worobec, who also had his struggles gave up 2 runs on another 3 walks. Junior Trevor Brigden would throw the last inning, striking out 2 batters and kept the Coyotes in striking range for the bottom of the 9th. The Coyotes put up a fight late in the game but came up short.

On Sunday, the weekend series would wrap up with the Coyotes getting back on track with a 12-5 win. Senior Jared Dulaba would have a huge day at the plate going 3 for 5 with 3 doubles and 4 RBI. The Dinos would have the lead 4-3 going into the bottom of the 5th when the Coyotes would put up 6 runs, and then would put up another run in the 6th and two in the 7th. Freshman Pitcher Noah Wood-Jolivet would go 5 innings in his first every CCBC start. He would allow 4 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. Senior Brandon Becking would throw a clean 6th inning, Freshman William Drewry would throw the 7th and 8th only allowing one run and Trevor Brigden would strike out 3 batters in the 9th to finish the game.

“From the pitching perspective we threw well, other than allowing too many walks.” says Pitching Coach Jared Johnson. “Teams will capitalize on the free bases no matter who you are playing. Other than the one game we were able to get out of some tough situations which allowed our offense the opportunity to stretch out some leads. In four games we only allowed 4 extra base hits and struck out 39 batters, which is a huge positive. But again, limiting the walks will be a huge thing for our staff to work on throughout the season.”

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Opening Weekend vs University of Calgary

Cole Parusinni will start game one of the 2017 CCBC season Friday March 24th at Elks Stadium

Your OC Coyotes 2017 Canadian College Baseball Conference Season finally begins on Friday March 24th when they play their first of a four game set against the University of Calgary Dinos at Elks Stadium. The Coyotes will look to have a strong start against a team that last season the Coyotes went 4-2 against while also defeating them twice in the CCBC Championship tournament, including a 14-9 victory in the semi-final game.

On Friday, the Coyotes will begin the season with Senior Cole Parussini on the Mound. He has been a starter all four years while with OC and will continue to be looked upon to set the standard for the pitching staff. On Saturday Junior Zac Yandeau and Freshman Aiden Mordecai will take the mound and look to get off to good starts. Sunday’s finale will feature another freshman pitcher in Noah Wood. This year’s pitching staff is one of the deepest the Coyotes have had and will look to be a huge reason for their success this season.

 The Coyotes offense will look to put up even better numbers than last year, as they were second in batting average at .283. With a very deep lineup, the expectation is to put fear into the other team’s pitchers and defense using both their bats and their legs. Seniors Jared Frew, Jared Dulaba and Brandon Graham will be looked upon to lead their team at the plate as all three hold extra base power.

“We are really looking forward to getting going with our home schedule.  We have had some tough weather the last three weeks that have prevented us from playing, so the team is hungry to get back on the field.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.  “We have a fairly large group of upperclassmen this year so we have high expectations.”

Weekend Schedule:

Friday 6:00pm

Saturday 3:00 & 6:00pm

Sunday Noon

All games at Elks Stadium

 

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Weekend Cancelled

Two days of rain this week delayed progress on opening Elks Stadium and cancelled this weekends games with University of Calgary and University of Alberta.   The Coyotes will now shift focus on opening day next Friday.  The Coyotes will host the University of Calgary in the first 4 game set in Canadian College Baseball Conference league play.  Cancelled games will be rescheduled to a later date and announced as soon as possible.

Game 1- Friday 6:00pm

Game 2-Saturday 3:00pm

Game 3- Saturday 6:00pm

Game 4- Sunday Noon

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Coyotes Schedule Update

The Coyotes have been battling weather at their home field of Elks Stadium.  This weekends games have been cancelled due to field conditions.  We will update the site on further schedule updates and changes as information comes in.

Stay tuned.

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