The Coyotes continued their hot streak this past weekend, sweeping the series against the University of Calgary Dinos, extending their win streak to 10 games. The games were supposed to be played in Calgary, but due to weather and field conditions, the Coyotes hosted the Dinos in Kelowna on Sunday and Monday. The Coyotes now sit atop the Canadian College Baseball Conference with a 12-5 record.
In game one on Sunday, pitcher Chris Wyslobocki (Fresh, Toronto, ON) continued his excellent first college season with another solid 7 innings. He would allow 4 earned runs on 6 hits, walk only one batter and strikeout 5. All 4 runs would come in the bottom of the 6th inning when the Dinos would string together a couple singles and capitalize on an OC error. In relief, Wyatt Hummel (Junior, West Kelowna, BC) would throw a scoreless 8th, and Trevor Brigden (Senior, Toronto, ON) would finish off the game striking out all three batters he faced. Offensively, Center Fielder Davis Todosichuk (Senior, Kelowna, BC) would have a huge game as he would go 5 for 5 with 4 doubles. Four other Coyotes would have two hit games. All together, the offense would put up 15 hits in the game and would steal 4 bases. The final score 11-4 Coyotes.
Game two the Coyotes would make the most of their offensive opportunities as they would score 12 runs on just 9 hits and were walked 14 times. 3rd Baseman Brandon Graham (Senior, Prince George, BC) would lead the offense going 2 for 5 including his 4th homerun of the season, tying him for the league lead. The Coyotes would steal 5 bases in the game. Starting Pitcher Aiden Mordecai (Soph, Cloverdale, BC) would battle through 4 innings of work. In the 3rd inning he would give up 3 runs and another 4 in the 4th before being take out. He would finish his outing allowing 7 earned runs on 9 hits, walking 5 and striking out 5. In relief, Jesse Poniewozik (Fresh, Edmonton, AB) would shut down the Dinos offense for 4 innings giving the OC offense the opportunity to come back. After the 4th inning, the Coyotes offense would put up 9 runs which would lead to the final score, 12-7. Poniewozik would earn his first career college win.
On Monday, The offense would continue their streak of 10+ runs a game. The Coyotes would score early, scoring 3 times in the first inning and twice in the second. The Dinos would respond in the bottom of the 2nd scoring 6 times, capitalizing on 4 OC errors. Starting pitcher Zac Yandeau (Senior, Plumas, MB) would well despite the 6 run 2nd. He would throw 6 innings giving up just 2 earned runs on 8 hits, walking 5 and striking out 5. In relief, Brandon Becking (Senior, Coquitlam, BC) would throw two scoreless and Trevor Brigden would shut down the Dinos in the 9th. Offensively, the Coyotes would steal 9 bases in the game, they would score 10 times on 9 hits. Second Baseman Eric Junnola (Junior, Okatoks, AB) would go 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI. Noah Wood-Jolivet (Soph, Mississauga, ON) and Jared Frew (Senior, Calgary, AB) would both add two hits. Final score 10-6 for the Coyotes.
In the final game of the series, the Coyotes would send Cole Parussini Senior, Vancouver, BC) to the mound and he would dominate throwing a complete game. He would allow just 2 earned runs in the 9th inning before ending the game. The Dinos offense could muster just 6 hits and Parussini would strike out 9 batters. Catcher Jake Fischer (Junior, Edmonton, AB) would lead the offense going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI. Frew would go 2 for 4 and would drive in his lead leading 24th RBI. Damien Obrigewitch (Fresh, Edmonton, AB) would also go 2 for 4 with an RBI. The final score would be 4-2.
Next up for the Coyotes will be a mid-week double header in Kamloops against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack on Wednesday, and then a home and home set against the University of Fraser Valley starting on Friday in Kelowna. Game times for Fridays games are 3pm and 6pm at Elks Stadium.
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