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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Late Rally Comeback Over Bruins

Noah Wood-Jolivet put up six strong innings only surrendering 4 hits and 3 runs as the Coyotes picked up a come from behind win over the Salt Lake Community College Bruins with a final of 5-4.

Photo courtesy of Al StelnickJeremy Buckley scored the first Coyote run after being walked and eventually came around to score on a fielders choice.  SLCC pitchers kept the Coyotes offense off balance and carried a no hitter into the 9th before the bats capitalizes on two walks, a hitter batter and infield error.  Liam Wyatt delivered a 1 out single to score the 2nd and 3rd run before Brandon Graham delivered a  2 RBI triple.

Trevor Brigden worked out of the bullpen with three innings of relief giving up only 1 run.  He picked up his first win of the season, and his first as a Coyote.

“We need to be tougher at the plate, and make the routine plays.”says Head Coach Geoff White.  “Noah and Trevor both did a great job keeping us in the game and giving us a chance.  It was nice to see us battle from behind.”

Next up for the Coyotes is Chandler-Gilbert on Monday at 3:00pm as the Coyotes will now head to Phoenix for three days.

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Coyotes Clipped Late

Brandon Becking used 84 pitches to work through 6 solid innings against the College of Southern Idaho on Saturday.  The Coyotes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 5th led by Jared Frew who had an 2RBI triple.  Jared Dulaba then followed with a 1 out sac fly to left field to drive in Frew.   However, in the bottom half of the inning CSI capitalized on two errors that led to three runs and  were back into the game.   The Eagles would add another run in the bottom of 6th to tie and end Becking’s day.

Chase Harris would come on in relief and put up two shutout innings before he was saddled with the loss in the bottom of the ninth as CSI centerfield singled in the winning run after two walks.

“Brandon threw well, enough for us to get a lead, unfortunately we made a couple errors that put them back into it.” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “We had much better at bats and much better contact which is a positive at the plate.  It was a close game that could have gone either way, we had chances to add on and were not able to execute.”

Next up is College of Southern Nevada, Cole Parusinni will start on the mound.

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Coyotes Fall to USU-E

The Yotes fell in the season opener to the USU-Eastern Eagles on Friday.  The Eagles put up 5 runs, 4 unearned as the Coyotes defense made a couple costly mistakes that were capitalized on.  Zac Yandeau went 5 innings before turning it over to the bullpen.  Sam Stelnick, Aiden Mordecai and Bo Meiklejohn each threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Davis Todosichuk led the offense going 2-3 with a walk and double.  Eric Junnola, Brandon Graham, and Jared Dulaba each had hits as well.

“We made a couple mistakes on defense and they capitalized on it.  We are going to need to play tighter behind our pitchers for us to have opportunities.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Coyotes will face College of Southern Idaho next.  Brandon Becking will get the start

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Weekend Preview

The Okanagan College Coyotes will open their 2017 season on Friday February 10th in Las Vegas.  The Yotes will face off against the Utah State University-Eastern at 10:00am in game  one of the CSN Coyote Slugout tournament.  Game two will face off against College of Southern Idaho who held on to win 7-6 in 2016 in this same tournament.

Game three will be against the host #18 College of Southern Nevada.  CSN is currently ranked #18 in National polls.  The tournament will wrap up against Salt Lake Community College.  The Yotes won a close 5-4 game in 2016 to wrap up the tournament last year and are looking to continue that trend.

“This is a great chance for us to see some really good competition and dive right into the season.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.  “USU-E is a new team which we don’t know much about, but the other three we have seen a handful of times over the years in Las Vegas and know they are all quality programs that are aggressive.  We are going to have to pitch well and play solid defense right out of the gates for us to be successful.”

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