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.”