Coyotes win squeaker to avoid sweep

Okanagan College manages a win in Nanaimo, will travel to Kamloops this weekend for Canadian College Baseball Conference action

All four games were tightly contested, but the Okanagan College Coyotes managed just one win against the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners in Canadian College Baseball Conference action.

In Nanaimo over the weekend, three games were decided by a single run, with the other being a two-run game. The Coyotes had just 19 hits in the series.

In the opener, OC lost 3-2 as the Mariners scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Coyotes starter Cole Parusinni had a strong outing yielding just one run in seven innings.

In Game 2, OC had just four hits in a 3-1 loss. Brandon Graham had two of the hits and an RBI.

In the third game, Austin Penner tossed a two-hitter for VIBI as the Mariners prevailed 2-1.

Marcus Drewry was solid in the loss, giving up two runs and five hits over six innings.

In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, OC  avoided a sweep with a 5-4 victory in nine innings.

The Coyotes, who overcame a 4-0 deficit, scored the winning run in the ninth on a dropped  third strike call, as Logan Wedgewood came home safely.

Wedgewood had two hits and Ryo Shishido had two hits and two RBIs. Brett Flemming picked up the win in relief.

Wedgewood is leading the team in hitting this season with a .380 average, 19 hits and 11 runs scored. Brennan Reidy is tops in RBIs with 11 and in stolen bases with four.

Joel Lamont tops the pitching staff in wins (3), while Cole Parusinni is first in strikeouts (18).

The Coyotes (7-9) return to action this weekend when they travel to Kamloops for four games against the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.

OC’s next home action is April 24 and 25 when they host TRU, Calgary Dinos and the PBA Dawgs.


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