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Collegiate baseball greeted by snow and sleet on opening weekend

After scrambling to host a season-opening tournament, the Okanagan College Coyotes and the rest of the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) teams were rained out on Sunday.

With four games on the schedule snow, sleet, and rain ended the weekend for the five CCBC teams.

Still several games were held at Elks Stadium as the CCBC fall season got underway.

“After scrambling to get this weekend set up last minute due to field conditions at other locations, it is unfortunate to have weather kick us off the field," said OC head coach Geoff White. "If Friday and Saturday are any indication of how close games are going to be, it should be an exciting and close season.”

The Coyotes, who split two games before the weather turned nasty, head to Lethbridge, Alberta this weekend where the University of Calgary Dinos will join them for a four game weekend at Llyod Nolan Stadium

The Coyotes were forced to host all five teams from the CCBC this past weekend after snow in Kamloops forced Thompson Rivers University off its field and the University of Victoria baseball program folded.

OC had hoped to get three days of baseball in and complete the first week of play at Elks Stadium but the weather cancelled the final day.

Still the Coyotes played its first two games of the season, opening the year with a tight 2-1 loss to the University of Calgary.

Corey Wood took the loss despite pitching a complete game and allowing just three hits.

U of C starter Joel Holland kept the Coyotes bats quiet for five innings before turning the ball over to the bullpen that held the game down.

At the plate, Brady Guimond was 3-3 with two doubles while Reid Fischer would score the only run after being walked in the first frame.

In the Coyotes second game, Keifer Rodway tossed five innings and surrendered only three hits, striking out five to earn the win in a 4-2 win over Thompson Rivers University.

Pete Tollenaar came in in relief for two innings to nail down the victory for the Coyotes.

At the plate OC was led by Stefan Mckee who was 2-3 with an RBI.  Reed Quaal added another RBI with a 1-3 day while Garret Wiese had a sac fly to plate the third run of the game.

“It was a big win for us," said White. "Rodway threw very well, continuing from this past weekend in Spokane. For him to have another quality start and keep the momentum going for our team really sets the tone. It was also nice to see some clutch RBI’s and situational hitting executed at the plate. If we continue to have quality starts and solid defense we should be in good shape.”

With the loss of U-Vic from the league the CCBC is producing a new schedule that will be released this week.

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