Busy Weekend Ahead

The Coyotes having just completed their first week of workouts and will enter a busy weekend of competition.  The Okanagan Athletics and Trail U18 programs will face off against the Yotes in their first competition outside of intersquads.

“We have had a busy first week of fall camp,” says Head Coach Geoff White. “We have been pleasantly surprised on how prepared the group has been in our first few intersquad games.”

Last weekend the Coyotes faced off in a series of 3 intersquad games, some notable performances from a variety of returning and new faces was as expected.  Freshman  Maris Brons, RHP, Saskatoon, SK, got off to a great start throwing two solid innings not surrendering a hit, along with Calgary native Cory Lawson following suit on the mound.  Junior Nolan King blasted his first home run of the fall over the center field scoreboard.  Incoming transfer and firstbasemen McCoy Pierce also had a solid weekend with hitting a couple of doubles

“There was some excellent pitching performance, at bats, and defensive plays over the first weekend of intersquads, ” adds White. “We will continue to work on all aspects being more consistent all fall and continuing to improve in a variety of other areas.  I think overall the entire coaching staff has been pleased with the baseline level of competitiveness.”

Due to COVID 19 Protocols only players and staff are allowed in the facility, so the only way to catch live action is through our livestream.

Upcoming Livestream Schedule

Thursday September 10th- @ 5:00pm vs Athletics and 7:45pm Red vs Black

Friday September 11th- @ 4:30pm Red vs Black

Saturday September 12th @ 9:30am vs Athletics

Saturday September 12th @ 3:45 vs Trail U18

Welcome Back to Baseball

The Coyotes will return to the field starting September 1st after the season being cancelled in mid March.  Now with return to play protocols in place, the Coyotes will get prepared for the 2021 season starting this fall.  The Coyotes are coming off a shortened 2020 campaign that saw them get off to a great start with big wins of # 1 Central Arizona College and # 9 College of Southern Nevada while on their annual spring trip to the desert.

“We are excited to get back to baseball,” says Head Coach Geoff White who is entering is 13th season, “It was extremely difficult in mid March to have to shut down, but we are moving forward and making the most of what is in front of us.”

The Coyotes will resume regular practices Septemeber 1st at Elks Stadium in downtown Kelowna. (Pictured below) There will be several familiar faces back in camp that had a big impact in the shortened 2020 season.  Wyatt Hummel (RHP, West Kelowna, BC), Chris Wyslobocki (RHP, Etobicoke, ON) Aiden Mordecai (RHP, Langley, BC), and Austin Brown (RHP, Powell River, BC) will look to lead a talented and deep pitching staff filled with returning faces and new freshman.  Sophomore Adam Sarafinchin (RHP, Kelowna, BC) made some serious strides physically during the shut down and made substantial progress.

Brendan Luther (INF, Toronto, ON) and Jake Fischer (C, Edmonton, AB) will anchor the infield and offense, both had solid 2020 campaigns and have perennial leaders in the Canadian College Baseball Conference in many stats.  Trevor Mlait (OF, West Kelowna, BC) will lead the outfield that will see Ethan Loran (OF, Oyen, AB) and Nolan King (OF, Regina, SK) along with several other infielders and outfielders that will be challenging for larger roles.

“We are really excited that the majority of the group is returning, and the excellent recruiting class we were able to bring in.” says White. “We have extremely high expectations for this group and how they will perform out of the gate in the fall.”

The team will mainly focus on internal competition during the fall due to restrictions still in place on travel and large groups.

“We are confident we will be able to accomplish what we need this fall which is get as much competitive experience under our belt.  finishes White.

Stay tuned for complete fall preview.

Elks Stadium mid August 2020

Looking Ahead

-May 28th, 2020- Kelowna, BC

The Coyotes will be looking towards September and return to baseball as we move into the summer.  With the recent cancelation of a majority of summer leagues across North America, our student athletes will be looking to focus on individual development over June, July and August.

“It was really unfortunate the stoppage of our 2020 season, and recently the summer teams suffering the same reality.” says Head Coach Geoff White, “players will now be able to shift their entire focus to preparing for September with individual workouts.”

In recent CCBC meetings in late May the conference has made a series of plans based on the direction of return to play protocols.  Plans include a variety of schedule options and championship options.

“It is the goal of our conference to try and get some form of the 2020 season in through September and October, culminating in crowning a 2020 champion,” adds White.  “we will be keeping a close eye on how our health officials alleviate restrictions so plans can be made to make the best out of the situation.”

More details will be released by the CCBC as information comes about through June and July.

The Coyotes were off to a tremendous start in 2020 before the stoppage.  With the annual trip to Las Vegas and Arizona a big success with wins over # 1 Central Arizona and #16 College of Southern Nevada, the team had extremely high expectations.

“We are excited for our returning players and how much this one off summer offseason will allow them to develop even more, and make the most out of the terrible situation.   Also with a new freshman class coming in that we are excited about the expectations will be even higher,” finishes White.

Keep to www.okanagancollegebaseball.ca for updates over the summer months.

2020 Season Cancelled

The 2020 season was cancelled in mid March due the COVID 19 pandemic.  Currently the Canadian College Baseball Conference is working on plans to move the spring 2020 schedule to the fall.  Details on scheduling and championship will be provided as they become available.

“Obviously this is unfortunate, we got off to a great start down in Las Vegas and Arizona and had high expectations.” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Coyotes will now make a series of plans for the players and program to move forward during this ever changing situation.

“We are trying to make plans for September and beyond, and like everyone else hoping that we can get through this pandemic quickly.  It is unchartered territory for everyone, we will just try to put our best foot forward when we can.” finishes White.

Stay tuned as details will be posted upon release from the CCBC league office.

Coyotes win over # 1 and # 12

-Las Vegas, Nevada- Feb 21st, 2020

Coyotes Baseball Win over # 1 and # 12

The Coyotes are near the tail end of their season opening annual trip to Las Vegas and Phoenix and what a week it has been. On Monday the Coyotes headed to Coolidge, Arizona to face the 2019 Junior College World Series Champions and current # 1 ranked program in Central Arizona College.

Wyatt Hummel, (West Kelowna, RHP, Sr) took the ball for his first start of the season and didn’t disappoint. The Coyotes pitching staff leader turned in 4 strong innings striking out 4 surrendering 3 runs. He then turned the ball over to Nic Taylor, (Calgary, AB, LHP, Soph) who also pitched extremely well going 5 innings to pick up the win in a 9-7 affair.

“Central Arizona is consistently the premier program in Junior College in the country that have multiple MLB draft picks and MLB alum,” adds Head Coach Geoff White. “For us to go in to their field and win a great game 9-7 was extremely satisfying for this team.”

Brendan Luther (Toronto, ON, INF, Soph) paced the offense going 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs, an RBI and a stolen base.   Luther has had an incredible start to his season hitting over .500 for most of the trip and playing outstanding defense at short stop. Ethan Loran (Oyen, AB, OF, Soph) also went 2-4 with a triple, 2 runs, and 2 rbi.

“We had some timely hits and made excellent pitches to hold off a extremely talented team,” adds White “we have been talking about the capabilities of this team and the high expectations we have, and I think we just showed what we can do by taking a win off the # 1 team in the nation.”

The Coyotes weren’t done there as they headed back to Las Vegas to take on the College of Southern Nevada currently ranked # 12 in the nation. The CSN program is where MLB superstar Bryce Harper came from and has produced many other MLB players and numerous draft picks. The Coyotes kept the momentum rolling on Thursday night as Chris Wyslobocki (Etobicoke, ON, RHP, JR) turned in 7 shutout innings while only surrendering 2 hits while striking out 8 on route to a 6-2 win for Okanagan College. Once again Brendan Luther lead the way going 2-4 scoring 2 runs with a walk and and RBI. Nolan King (Saskatoon, SK, OF, Soph) had a massive 2 RBI double in the top of the 9th to keep the game out of reach.   Local Kelowna product Adam Sarafinchin (Kelowna, BC, RHP, Freshman) picked up the save as he worked out of a bases loaded, 0 out situation in the bottom of the 8th.

“Chris really was fantastic, he had all three pitches working and we made plays behind him,” says White. “they have an outstanding program and for us to pick up another win against a ranked opponent really shows this teams ability. We have shown that we can play with some really tough competition, and this trip isn’t easy as we play 15 games in 8 days, it shows how deep this team is.”

The Coyotes will wrap up their annual trip over this weekend against the College of Southern Nevada and Community Christian College from California who the Coyotes beat 4-2 earlier in the week.


2020 Season Preview

The Okanagan College Baseball team is out for revenge this spring. After a heartbreaking series loss in the 2019 CCBC championships at the hands of University of Fraser Valley Cascades. The team looks to improve after a strong 2019 campaign, which saw broken records in strikeouts (268), wins (21), and stolen bases (96).

Chris Wyslobocki (RHP, Jr, Etobicoke, ON) and Wyatt Hummel (RHP, Sr, West Kelowna, BC), are both poised to lead the charge at the front of the 2020 Okanagan College rotation. Wylsobocki is coming off a solid 2019 campaign. He posted a 1.84 Earned Run Average, racking up 41 strikeouts in 34.1 innings, propelling him to a First Team All-Conference award. Hummel had a strong 2019 season as well, setting a new program record for Earned Run Average (0.87) along with 22 strikeouts in 20.2 innings pitched.

Jared Johnson, Pitching coach for Okanagan College’s baseball team, stated, “Our pitching staff will again have a lot of depth. We lost only a couple arms from last year’s team which led the CCBC in ERA, strikeouts, and shutouts.” He continued on point out the depth of the pitching staff, “This depth will allow us to be competitive in every inning we play. We have guys that can strikeout a lot of batters, which leads to good outcomes. When you have 8-10 guys that could start in any program in the league, it is usually a good problem to have.”

Geoff White, Head coach, said, “Our pitching staff is a big part to our success and this year’s group is very talented.” White adds, “If we can stay healthy, we will be very tough over a weekend.”

Overall, the pitching staff is deep with talent with multiple impact arms available to step up for key innings out of the bullpen.

The outfield for 2020 will see Trevor Mlait (OF, Jr, West Kelowna, BC) captain the outfield in 2020. Mlait looks to build off a steady campaign in which he boasted a .328 batting average and stole 11 bases in 2019. Other outfielders competing for roles are Nolan King (OF/1B, So, Regina, SK), Ethan Loran (OF/1B, So, Oyen, AB), Chace Davidson (OF, Jr, Saskatoon, SK) and Damian Obrigewich (OF/1B, Jr, Edmonton, AB). When Mlait was asked how he hopes the team builds off last years success, he emphasized, “We have a great group of guys to build off from last year and a ton of new talent ready to contribute…” He concludes his statement looking on towards the season, “…It will be great to see [the hard work] pay off once we hit the field.”

White states, “The outfield will have some new faces, with the graduation of Davis Todosichuk and Jeremy Buckley, and it will be competitive throughout the first 12-16 games of the season to see who will perform and take a starting spot. There will be several players competing during our spring trip and it will be interesting who can separate themselves.”

With multiple spots in the outfield all but taken, outfielders will be looking to impress as the season gets rolling.

The infield will be led by Brendan Luther (INF, So, Mississauga, ON), Mike Duwyn (INF, So, Delhi, ON), Elias Erdman (1B, Jr, Quesnel, BC), Hayden Misfeldt (1B, So, Corvallis, OR). Luther had an impressive freshman year, posting a .358 batting average while making it into 24 of the possible 28 games throughout the 2019 CCBC season. Duywn will look to secure second base, with his smooth hands and great range in the field he will be difficult to compete against for the role. First basemen, Erdman and Misfeldt look to compete while splitting time at first-base to start the season, as well as look to improve on their numbers from a season ago.

Jake Fischer (C/1B, Sr, Lacombe, AB), will resume catching duties for Okanagan College. Fischer, a leader on the field and in the clubhouse, posted an impressive .368 batting average (3rd in CCBC), driving in 32 runs (1st in CCBC), and launching four home runs (4th in CCBC). When asked how he feels going into the season he said, “I am feeling very confident going into this season. I have been working hard on all aspects of my game this offseason, and feel that I am going to be playing better than ever this spring.” Behind Fischer; Daniel Baydek (C, So, Calgary, AB), and Steven Butler (C, So, Coquitlam, BC) battle it out for the number two duties behind the plate. Baydek posted a .262 batting average through seven games played in 2019. Butler has yet to make it into a conference game.

White accentuates the excitement the coaching staff has for this upcoming season, “Overall as a coaching staff we are excited for this upcoming season.” He adds, “We have high expectations for this group and I know the players have high expectations. We are really looking forward to getting going on the 14th of February and see what we can do.”

Overall, the 2020 Okanagan College Coyotes have an abundance of depth and are dedicated to competing for the 2020 CCBC championship.

February 12 the Okanagan College baseball team heads down south on their annual Vegas/Arizona trip where they will play Central Southern Nevada College (NJCAA), Central Arizona College (NJCAA), Ottawa University (NAIA). The Coyotes look to compete in preparation for their 2020 CCBC season.

Happy Holidays

The Coyotes baseball team want to wish all its players, alumni, family, friends, sponsors and fans Happy Holidays.  We have had a tremendous 2019 and very excited for what is to come in 2020.  Stay tuned for press releases in the new year that include schedule release, player bios, events and much more as we get closer and closer to the season.

Happy Holidays from your Coyotes baseball family

VIU Mariners Come to Town

The Coyotes will open up a 4 game series with fellow Canadian College Baseball Conference member the Vancouver Island University Mariners at Elks Stadium.

The Mariners are coming off a season where they finished tied for last place with a record 8-18 and were bounced out of the National Championship tournament with two straight losses, one at the hands of the Coyotes in a 26-0 lopsided victory.

They return some veteran players for 2019-2020 in Senior infielder Liam Ballance who frequented Elks this summer against the Kelowna Falcons as a member of the Cowlitz County Black Bears of the West Coast League.  Also returning is Tanner Hess, another senior infielder from Victoria, BC.  Both players will be key to the Mariners success this upcoming season.  On the mound the Mariners will have some work to do as they finished the 2019 campaign with a team ERA of 5.42 which was 5th in the CCBC and also led the league in walks.

The Coyotes are coming off a sweep of the Kelowna Fall Invitational tournament, in which they wons games over Okanagan Athletics, Chilliwack Cougars, North Shore Twins, and the Victoria Mariners.  Despite the Coyotes facing high school opponents, the team played fairly consistent over the weekend.

“We played alright over the weekend, our pitchers were around the strike zone consistently, and you combine that with facing some young hitters it usually is a recipe for success.” adds Head Coach Geoff White.
“We don’t really worry about who we are playing, we just try and go play our game and control what we can control and if we do that well we typically have good results.”

This weekend schedule will kick off Friday October 11th at 2:30pm and 5:30pm followed by Saturday’s matchup at 11:00am and 2:30pm.

“We are coming close to wrapping up the fall schedule, we are looking forward to this weekend and seeing how we stack up against a conference opponent.  It will also be a great opportunity to continue to see some of our new faces compete against opponents we will face .” finishes White

Fall Schedule in Full Swing

The Coyotes have been busy this fall.  With the change of the seasons it signals the half point of the fall schedule.  The Coyotes have faced Thompson Rivers University and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades in September along with a games against the local PBL Okanagan Athletics and a flurry of games in the Fall World Series.

“We have had a chance to see two teams from our conference so far and we will see two more in VIU Mariners and Edmonton Collegiate.  We will have a really good idea of where we are at and what we need to do this off season. It is starting to become clearer with more and more games what players will need to improve upon this winter,” says Head Coach Geoff White.

Senior Catcher Jake Fischer- Lacombe, AB

The Coyotes are coming off a tough loss in the 2019 CCBC Championship best of three series and looking to get back to the final again with a different result.  The team has returned several key members including senior catcher Jake Fischer, pitchers Chris Wyslobocki, Wyatt Hummel, Austin Brown and Jesse Poniewozik.

Sophomore Jesse Poniewozik- RHP, Edmonton, AB

Austin Brown- RHP, Powel River, BC

Wyatt Hummel, RHP, West Kelowna, BC

“We have returned a good portion of our pitching staff from last year which led the conference in many categories, ” adds White, “however we still have lots to work on and improve and we have some very talented new faces to our program that will add significant depth.”

Chris Wyslobocki-RHP, Toronto, ON

The Coyotes and Okanagan Athletics will host their annual Fall Invitational Tournament this coming weekend at Elks Stadium.  Some of the best U18 programs in Western Canada will be in attendance.  The recent 2019 Premier Baseball League (U18) Champion North Shore Twins will be the pre tournament favourite.  Follow us on Twitter for up to date scheduling and announcements.


Swanson Joins Coaching Staff

-Head Coach Geoff White is pleased to announce the recent addition to the Coyotes coaching staff today.  Brent Swanson will join the program starting in September.  Swanson, the Richmond BC native, played in the San Francisco Giants organization to as high up at AAA with the Fresno Grizzlies.  He is a graduate of Treasure Valley College in Ontario, Oregon. 

 “We are excited for Brent to join our program and staff, he will be a great addition,” says Head Coach Geoff White, “Brent will be working with our catchers and hitters come September.  We have been fortunate over the last couple years to have a strong catching core and the addition of Coach Swanson will only make us better.”

 Swanson no stranger to the development side of baseball having worked with many different collegiate and U18 programs in Western Canada over recent years.