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.
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.
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.
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.
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.