2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Jesse Poniewozik

 

Jesse Poniewozik

 

Name: Jesse Poniewozik

School Year: Sophomore

Program: Business

Hometown: Spruce Grove, AB

Positions: Pitcher

Baseball Accomplishments: 2-time Spruce Grove Minor Baseball Provincial Champion, 2-Year Baseball Alberta Winter Camp Coach, Signed to the Edmonton Prospects for the 2019 Season, 2018 CCBC Champion

Favourite artist/band: Shinedown or Hopsin

Favourite Meal: Steak, Potatoes and Steamed Vegetables

Favourite Superhero: Spiderman

Secret Talent no one knows about? Making Kraft Diner without following the instructions

Dream Job: Major League Baseball Player

Who did/do you idolize growing up? My Dad, He’s taught me everything I know and I’m sure still has more to teach me.

Pastime/Hobbies: Eating, Lifting, Gaming, Writing, Reading

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Chace Davidson

Name: Chace Davidson

School Year: Sophomore

Program: Communications, Culture and Journalism

Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask

Positions: Outfield

Baseball Accomplishments: 2014 and 2015 Provincial Champions, 2018 CCBC CHampions

Favourite artist/band: Elton John

Favourite Meal: Lobster and Mashed potatoes

Favourite Superhero: Robin

Secret Talent no one knows about? Can fold my tongue into a maple leaf

Dream Job: Journalism

Who did/do you idolize growing up? Roy Halladay

Pastime/Hobbies: Skiing, Spike Ball, Watching Movies

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Wyatt Hummel

Name: Wyatt Hummel

School Year: Junior

Program: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Major

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Positions: Pitcher

Baseball Accomplishments: 2018 CCBC Champions, 2018 West Coast League North Division Champs with Kelowna Falcons

Favourite artist/band: Jedi Mind Tricks

Favourite Meal: Pad Thai

Favourite Superhero: Dwight Shrute

Secret Talent no one knows about? Being Passive Aggressive

Dream Job: Assistant to the Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton

Who did/do you idolize growing up?  My Mom

Pastime/Hobbies: LARPing

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Brendan Luther

Name: Brendan Luther

School Year: Freshman

Program: Communications, Culture and Journalism

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Positions:SS

Baseball Accomplishments: 2017 Midget Elite League All-Star

Favourite artist/band: Puffy L’z

Favourite Meal: Poutine

Favourite Superhero: Spiderman

Secret Talent no one knows about? Freestyle Rapper

Dream Job: Sports Broadcaster

Who did/do you idolize growing up? John MacDonald

Pastime/Hobbies: Hockey, Video Games

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Coyotes Take 3 of 4 from UFV, Move to 6-2

The OC Coyotes come out of Abbotsford with 2 wins and were able to split the double header on Sunday in Kelowna to take 3 of 4 games off of UFV and push their record to 6-2, good enough for 2nd place after two weekends.

On Saturday, OC was able to come out with 13-2 and 4-3 victories over the team they beat in last years CCBC Championship Final.

In game one, Senior Trevor Brigden would strikeout 13 of 24 batters he faced, giving up just one unearned run and 4 hits in 6 innings of work. Sophomore Justin Lanigan would come in after Brigden and throw 1.2 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 run before giving the ball to freshman Nick Lee for one batter which he struck out to finish the 8th. Freshman Derek Powell would get his first appearance of the season and would allow no hits, striking out two. Offensively, the Coyotes would only have 6 hits but would make the most of their opportunities. Freshman Massimo Peranio would blast his first career homerun and would finish the game 2 for 3. Senior Jake Fischer would stay hot and hit a 3-run homerun, his third homerun of the season. Fischer would have 4 RBI in the game. With the score 6-2 in the top of the 9th, the Coyotes would put up 7 runs to make sure there was no chance for a comeback. Final score, 13-2 for OC.

Massimo Peranio

Jake Fischer

Trevor Brigden

 

 

 

 

 

 

In game two, the Coyotes would struggle offensively to get things going as they would not be able to score until the 8th inning. OC would be down 3-1 after the 8th inning, and this would cue the comeback. A UFV error would lead off the 9th inning, followed by a walk. Sophomore Trevor Mlait would then place a perfect bunt down to load the bases for Senior Davis Todosichuk, who had already had two hits on the day. Todosichuk would hit a line drive to left field, to score one, and then the left fielder would bobble the ball to allow 2 more runs to come across to put the Coyotes ahead 4-3. Freshman Austin Brown would come in to close the game for his first save of his college career. Starting pitcher, Freshman Jesse Poniewozik, would battle through 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, walking 4 and striking out 5. In Relief, Freshman Nic Taylor would pick up his first college win as he would throw 3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and keeping OC close enough to strike late. Final score 4-3 for OC.

Davis Todosichuk

Jesse Poniewozik

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nic Taylor

Austin Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday back in Kelowna, OC would run into one of the tougher pitchers in the CCBC and would drop game one. The OC offense would not get anything going and would strikeout way too many times. On the mound, Senior Wyatt Hummel would go 2 innings before taking a line drive off his leg, which would force him to leave the game. Freshman Jayden Clayton would relieve Hummel on the mound and would throw a solid 4.2 innings allowing just 3 hits and no runs to keep OC close. Lee would throw the last 2.1 innings allowing one run on two hits. OC would put two men on in the 9th but could not get the comeback. Final score 2-0 for UFV.

Jayden Clayton

Nick Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the final game of the weekend, OC would look to take their second series win of the season. Sophomore pitcher Chris Wyslobocki would struggle in his second start of the season allowing 3 runs in the top of the 1st as he would walk 3 batter and give up a triple. Wyslobocki would only last 2 innings for his shortest outing of his college career. In relief, Sophomore Alex Dawson would dominate over 5 innings of work allowing just 2 hits, no runs and would strikeout 7. Offensively, the Coyotes would respond to the quick UFV start as they would put up 2 runs in the bottom of the first as Freshman Nolan King and Senior Noah Wood-Jolivet would deliver RBI singles. In the bottom of the 2nd, OC would strike for 6 runs to take a 8-3 lead. In the top of the third UFV would plate one more before being shutout the rest of the game. OC would add two more insurance runs in the 6th inning to make the final score 10-4.

Alex Dawson

Nolan King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OC pitching staff would dominate the weekend striking out 47 batters in 34 innings. The bats weren’t as hot as the first weekend but the Coyotes took advantage of the opportunities given to them.

Next up will be two games in Kamloops against the 8-0 Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on Thursday, and then back home against TRU on Sunday. Sundays games start at 4pm at Elks Stadium.

 

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Coyotes Sweep Saturday at UFV

The Coyotes went in to Abbotsford for a rematch of the 2018 National Championship final with the UFV Cascades on Saturday March 30th and came out with a two game sweep.   

Nic Taylor picked up his first college win in relief

Senior Trevor Brigden continued to impress on the mound going 6 innings and striking out 13 only surrendering 1 unearned run.  Jake Fischer hit his third homerun of the season, a 3 run blast on route to a 13-2 win in game 1

Nic Taylor picked up the win in relief in game 2 throwing 3 shutout innings following starter Jesse Poniewozik who battled through 5 innings.  The Coyotes trailed 3-1 heading to the top of the ninth before the Coyotes scratched three runs across courtesy of Davis Todosichuk’s bases loaded double.   Austin Brown came in to close the door and nailed down the Coyotes 5th win of the season to pick up the save. 

The Coyotes will now host the same UFV Cascades Sunday at 3:00pm at Elks Stadium in a double header. 

“We pitched very tough today for the most part and played excellent defense, says Head Coach Geoff White, “overall we had some really tough at bats as well and put some pressure on UFV and were able to pick up two wins.”

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Championship Rematch vs UFV

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The Okanagan College Coyotes will play a home and home against the University of Fraser Valley Cascades this weekend, a rematch of last years CCBC Championship.

Both teams started the year 3-1 and this series will be a hard fought one with two very talented teams looking to build on solid starts.

Starting on the mound for the Coyotes on Saturday at UFV will be Senior Trevor Brigden and Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik. Both had solid first outings and will look to add to the Coyotes win column. On Sunday, Senior Wyatt Hummel and Sophomore Chris Wyslobocki will start at home. Home games on Sunday will start at 3pm.

Trevor Brigden

Jesse Poniewozik

Wyatt Hummel

Chris Wyslobocki

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Damian Obrigewtich

Name: Damian Obrigewtich

School Year: Sophomore

Program: Bachelor of Arts for Psychology

Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Positions: LF, CF, 1B, RF

Baseball Accomplishments: Midget Westerns MVP, Team ALberta, Okanagan College Fall World Series MVP, Two-Time Okanagan COllege Fall World Series Champion, 2018 CCBC National Champions

Favourite artist/band: Eminem and Phil (The Thrill) Collins

Favourite Meal: Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns and Toast

Favourite Superhero: Wolverine

Secret Talent no one knows about? If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

Dream Job: Being a Shark on Shark Tank

Who did/do you idolize growing up? Vernon Wells

Pastime/Hobbies: Working out, Skiing, Counting cards and being a good guy.

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2019 Coyotes Player Spotlight – Alex Dawson

Name: Alex Dawson

School Year: Sophomore

Program: Welding

Hometown: Richmond, BC

Positions: Pitcher

Baseball Accomplishments: 2018 CCBC Champions

Favourite artist/band: Flatbush Zombies

Favourite Meal: Pizza

Favourite Superhero: Deadpool

Secret Talent no one knows about? Can eat 4 bags of skittles in one sitting

Dream Job: Welder

Who did/do you idolize growing up? Jered Weaver

Pastime/Hobbies: Looking at Memes, Working Out

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Coyotes Take 3 of 4 To Start 2019 CCBC Season

The Coyotes got off to a good start this past weekend winning 3 games against the new team in the league, Edmonton Collegiate. The Coyotes would outscore Edmonton 33-15, banging out 34 hits, including 3 homeruns and would also strike out 37 Edmonton batters.

In game one, OC would get off to a slow start as it would take until the 4th inning to break out the bats, when Senior Jake Fischer would blast a moonshot over the left field fence for his first of the season. Fischer would finish the game 3 for 4 with 3RBI. Also contributing in the win would be Senior Davis Todosichuk and Junior Noah Wood-Jolivet who both went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. On the mound, Senior Trevor Brigden would got 5.2 innings for his first win of the season. He allow just 2 earned runs and would punch out 6. Sophomore Alex Dawson would come in relief allowing just 1 earned run in 3.2 innings. The final score would be 13-6 for the Coyotes.

Senior Jake FIscher

In game two, the Coyotes defense would struggle and would be the difference in the game. OC would commit 4 errors, with two giving Edmonton runs. Walks would also be an issue in the game as the Coyotes pitchers would walk 10 batters. Sophomore Chris Wyslobocki would get the start on the mound and would walk 5 batters, but only gave up 1 hit in 6 innings. Fischer would once again bring out the big bat and blast his second homerun of the day in the top of the first inning. Edmonton would take advantage of the OC errors and win the game by a score of 7-5.

Senior Davis Todosichuk

On Sunday, OC looked to improve their play and come out with a series win. In game one, Senior Wyatt Hummel would get the start and would throw 4.1 innings before getting into trouble. He would allow 3 hits 4 walks and strike out 6 before handing the ball over to Freshman Jayden Clayton. Clayton would shut down the Edmonton offense allowing no runs on 3 hits in 4.2 innings pitched for his first CCBC win. Todosichuk would lead the offense as he would go 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Freshman Tyler Monks would go 1-2 with 2 RBI and came around to score 3 times. The Coyotes would take the game by a 8-2 score.

Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik

In the final game of the series, Sophomore pitcher Jesse Poniewozik would dominate going 7 strong innings allowing no runs, 3 hits, 2 walks and punched out 9. Sophomore Justin Lanigan and Freshman Brett Reid would both throw an inning in relief allowing no runs. Todosichuk would again lead the Coyotes offense going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, including his first homerun of the season. Senior Jeremy Buckley would add to the offense going 2 for 3, score twice and stealing 2 bases. OC would finish the weekend with a 7-0 victory.

Overall it was a OK start for the Coyotes. The offense showed their ability to score runs, and the pitching staff showed their depth, but not being on a field for a month showed with the rusty defensive play.

Next up for the Coyotes will be a home and home with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades, the team the Coyotes beat in last years CCBC Championship final. OC will travel to UFV on Saturday and will return home for two games on Sunday starting at 4pm.

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