The Okanagan College Coyotes opened up their 10th season in the Canadian College Baseball Conference with a split against the very tough Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs, including two walk-off wins.
On Saturday, Starting Pitcher Chris Wyslobocki (Freshman, Toronto, Ont) threw well in his CCBC debut. He would go 7 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. The Coyotes would take an early lead, 5-1 after the first two innings. PBA would chip away at the lead to make the game 5-3 heading into the 9th inning where they would put up two more runs to tie the ballgame against relief pitcher Trevor Brigden (Senior, Toronto, Ont). In the bottom of the 9th, SS Jared Dulaba (Senior, Port Coquitlam, BC) would single to start the inning, followed by another single from the designated hitter Dylan Faulkner (Freshman, Kelowna, BC). With Dulaba in scoring position and one out, RF Noah Wood-Jolivet (Sophomore, Mississauga, Ont) would double down the right field line, scoring Dulaba from second base. Coyotes win 6-5.
Game two would have the Coyotes trail early in the game as PBA would put up 5 runs in the top of the first against starting pitcher Zac Yandeau (Senior, Plumas, MB). After allowing one more run in the top of the 2nd inning, Yandeau would settle down, not allowing another run over the next five innings, giving the Coyotes offense time to catch up. Yandeau would allow 5 earned runs , 8 hits, 2 walks and struck out 4. With the score 6-1, catcher Jake Fischer (Junior, Edmonton, AB) would blast his first homerun of the season in the bottom of the 5th, and the OC offense would put up 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to get them within one run. The score would remain the same until the bottom of the 9th inning. Fischer led off the 9th with a single, followed by a walk from 2B Eric Junnola (Junior, Calgary, AB). Next up would be 3B Brandon Graham (Senior, Prince George, BC), and he would drive a double down the right field line scoring both runners to once again get the walk-off win. Pitcher Justin Lanigan (Freshman, Cloverdale, BC) would get the win throwing two innings in relief. 1B Jared Frew (Senior, Okatoks, AB) would go 2-5 with 2 RBI. Coyotes win 8-7.
Sundays games would see PBA even up the weekend as they would win both games by scores of 4-1.
Game one had Cole Parussini (Senior, Vancouver, BC) take the mound and he would have a solid outing throwing 7 innings, allowing 2 earned runs, 9 hits, walking one batter and striking out 4. Brandon Becking (Senior, Coquitlam, BC) would throw two innings in relief. The Coyotes offense could not get anything started as they were being no-hit through 6 innings. The lone run was driven in by Jared Frew as he drove across Davis Todosichuk from 2nd base in the 8th inning.
In the final game of the weekend, the Coyotes offense would yet again struggle to get runs on the board. The lone bright spot offensively would come from SS Dylan Faulkner as he went 4 for 4 with a double. Aiden Mordecai (Sophomore, Cloverdale, BC) would have a strong start throwing 6 innings, allowing only one earned run, 5 hits, 3 walks and striking out 5. Wyatt Hummel (Junior, West Kelowna, BC) would throw two shutout innings in relief, and Brigden would throw a scoreless 9th inning.
Next up for the Coyotes will be a trip to the island as they head to Nanaimo to face the Vancouver Island University Mariners.
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