A long trip on Saturday morning didn’t exactly agree with the Okanagan College Coyotes baseball team, which left Kelowna at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, heading for a double-header on Saturday afternoon in Nanaimo against Vancouver Island University.
It was all Vancouver Island in the two games on Saturday as VI blasted the Coyotes 10-0 and 11-2 with OC making a total of seven errors and putting together just seven hits combined.
A good sleep and OC turned the tables on Vancouver Island on Sunday, bouncing back to pound its Nanaimo rivals 5-0 and 10-1 to earn a split of the four game series.
Pitcher Tanner Collins took matters into his own hands on Sunday morning, allowing just two hits and striking out 11 VI hitters to earn the win in a dominating performance.
Dallas Senger and Bryan Elias each had a pair of hits for the Coyotes in the win.
In the series closing game Sunday afternoon Braden Heyland earned the win on the mound, scattering five hits and striking out five in a 10-1 win.
Garrett Wiese drove in a pair of runs for the Coyotes while Tyler Pentland, Ryo Shishido and Aiden Mcvea also had runs batted in for the Coyotes.
Reliever Marcus Drewry saw action in both Sunday wins as he didn’t allow a run or a hit in five innings of combined work.
The Coyotes will continue its long absence from the home field this coming weekend as they travel to Calgary to play two games with the University of Calgary and two against Thompson Rivers, also in Calgary.
The team will return to Elks Stadium for a four game series with VIBI on May 4 and 5.
Prairie Baseball Academy 11-2
Thompson Rivers U 14- 5
Okanagan College 8-8
Vancouver Island U 5-15
University of Calgary 4-12