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We Are Back!

The Okanagan Coyotes are back! September 1st marked the beginning of what is shaping up to be an exciting fall season. We have a promising group or players out this year with a good mix of returners and freshman who are eager to get back on the field. After another year cut short, the Coyotes are looking to come out strong with a loaded fall schedule highlighted by the CCBC Fall Championship being hosted here in Kelowna from October 8th – 11th at historical Elks Stadium.

“We’re looking forward to another chance at winning a championship this year and facing quality competition again,” says Aiden Mordecai (RHP, Langley, BC).

Mordecai will be looking to set the tone on the mound this year along with other returners, Adam Sarafinchan (RHP, Kelowna, BC), Chris Wyslobocki (RHP, Etobicoke, ON), and Austin Brown (RHP, Powell River, BC). Brendan Luther (INF, Toronto, ON) and Nolan King (OF, Regina, SK) will be leading our offence with a solid group of returners and freshman right behind them.

Opening day will be Friday September 10th, a double header against Fraser Valley University followed by a four game set against the Okanagan Athletics. Another big weekend for the Coyotes will be the Fall Invitational Tournament taking place September 23rd – 26th in Kelowna against some of the best competition in western Canada.

Additional games throughout the fall include sets against Vancouver Island University, Thompson Rivers University, Langley Blaze, and more against UFV and the Athletics.

Follow us here or on our social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for updates on the season.

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Warman, SK Product Signs

-December 12th, 2020, Kelowna, BC

The Okanagan College Coyotes are pleased to announce the commitment of right handed pitcher Chantze Paul for the 2021-2022 season.

The Warman, SK product is the third commitment to be announced this fall as the Coyotes add to their roster.

“We are excited for Paul to join our program, he is a big physical right handed pitcher that we believe has a lot of potential,” says Head Coach Geoff White. “We like how his secondary pitches are developing, and there is an solid base of fundamentals.”

Saskatchewan has sent its fair share of players out west to Kelowna.  Currently there are seven players that come from the prairie province, Conrad Timmerman, Kaden Dore, Ryland Gabruck, Maris Brons, Nolan King, Logan Campbell, and Gavin Wuschke.

The 6’3, 225 lb’er is coming out of the Saskatoon Giants Midget AAA program which competes in the highest level in the province.

Stay tuned for more player announcements and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 

 

 

 

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Swift Signs for 2021-2022 Season

-Kelowna, BC, Nov 12, 2020

-Press Release

The Okanagan College Coyotes baseball program is excited to announce the signing of Clark Swift for the 2021-2022 season.  Swift who is currently a member of the Okanagan Athletic U18 Premier team will attend Okanagan College’s business program at the Kelowna campus.

“We are extremely pleased to have Clark join and comm

it to our program,” says Head Coach Geoff White, “He has had a tremendous fall, made significant progress, and has a lot of potential.”

 

Swift, the 6’2, 180 brings a tremendous amount of athleticism.  He has primarily played in centerfield this past fall, while also logging time on the mound and infield.

“Clark brings a ton of versatility; we like how athletic he is and that he has experience in a variety of positions.” Adds White.

The Mount Boucherie High School is a product of the Okanagan Athletic Premier program, he has progressed through the ranks from the Junior Premier team to now a leader for the Senior program.

“Swift has been around the stadium for a while, there is history with the family along with two younger brothers that are and have gone through our Junior Coyotes program.  All have shown tremendous passion for the game and outstanding work ethic.  We are excited that Clark can be the first of three brothers to possibly go through our Okanagan College Coyotes program,” finishes White.

The Coyotes wrapped up their fall season in late October that saw then mainly intersquad and compete with the Okanagan Athletics U18 due to COVID restrictions currently in place.  The team is working towards the 2021 spring championship season.  Stay up to date with all things Coyote baseball on our social media platforms and website, www.okanagancollegebaseball.ca

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Coyotes Week Wrap

The Yotes have been busy this fall, playing games on a daily basis. This week was no different as we continued to play intersquad games as well as games against the Okanagan Athletics. As we get closer to the Fall World Series, some of the Yotes are trying to prove why they should not be slept on.

The pitchers continue to improve from the start of the fall and there are many guys that have pitched really well as of late. Freshman, Gavin Wuschke, pounded the strike zone with everything he had in 4 innings of work against the Athletics. He showed a great two seam fastball that was paired with a nasty curveball. Senior, Brett Reid, continues to show why he should be relied upon come seasons time. In his three innings of work he was able to strikeout five consecutive batters, showing off excellent control and movement on his pitches. Senior, Aiden Mordecai, also flashes quality stuff, with his electric fastball and devastating changeup. He was able to work 4 quality innings in the intersquad. Other notable performances include Quin Gorchinski, Justin Misfledt, and Jesse Poniewozik.

 

The hitters have done quite well this fall, even with limited swings. Freshman, Brendan Evans, has shown to be a quality piece in the lineup because of his ability to spray line drives all over the field. Senior, Jake Fischer, and Junior, Nolan King, showed off their power this week by launching homeruns just an inning apart. These two continue to be forces in the middle of the lineup. Freshman, Anthony Wyslobocki, continues to be a pest at the plate with his ability to have good at bats and drive the ball into the gaps consistently. Other notable performances from this week include Logan Campbell, Hayden Misfeldt and Kaden Dore.

The Fall World Series will take place over the next two weeks consisting of three teams. Team Black, Team Red and Team White all look to compete over the course of the next couple weeks in order to be crowned champion.

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Weekend Recap

The Coyotes continued their fall by competing in some more intersquads and games against the Okanagan Athletics. Over the weekend the Yotes stepped up their level of play in all facets of the game. Hitters had some great swings; pitchers threw more quality pitches and there were many great defensive plays. There is still lots of work to do but the progression is a positive sign moving forward.

On the pitching side of things, Sophomore, Sean Dunn, pitched really well, locating all his pitches and proving to be a guy that steps up when he is called upon. Senior, Brett Reid, also pitched was very efficient in his outing, throwing only 37 pitches in his 4 innings of work. He was constantly around the zone and making key pitches when he needed too. Sophomore, Adam Sarafinchan, also continues to deal as he kept blowing it by batters with his electric fastball. Other standouts from the week include Devon Moore, Brennan Flodin, and Gavin Wuschke.

The hitters have started to get more acclimated at the plate and have started to put together better at bats. Junior, Brendan Luther, was a monster at the plate this week hitting a triple off the wall and spraying line drives all over the field. Freshman, Anthony Wyslobocki, continues to impress by hitting the ball all over the field. He hit two triples in the intersquad and drove in 5 runs. Senior, Jake Fischer, and transfer, McCoy Pearce, continue to be forces in the middle of the lineup, both driving doubles to the wall. Other notable hitters from the week include Trevor Mlait, Justin Misfeldt, Conner Leavitt and Matt Boychuk.

This week will include some more intersquads, as well as some more games with the Athletics. The exact schedule is still TBA.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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