The OC Coyotes celebrate their first ever Canadian College Baseball Conference. -Image: Okanagan College Coyotes

OC Coyotes lay claim to first CCBC title

Coyotes win their first league championship since joining the CCBC 10 seasons ago

Ten seasons after the program’s first pitch, the Okanagan College Coyotes are celebrating their first ever league title.

Geoff White’s Coyotes roared back from a slow start at the season-ending tournament in Kamloops to claim the Canadian College Baseball Conference championship.

After starting the six-team tourney with a 1-2 record, OC reeled off five consecutive must-wins, sealing the deal on Sunday afternoon with a dramatic 10-9 victory over the Fraser Valley Cascades in the final.

Trailing by one, the Cascades loaded up the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning. But pitcher Wyatt Hummel induced the final UFV batter into a pop up for the final out and the celebration was on.

“It was a wild game, back and forth, it had a bit of everything,” said White, the Coyotes’ head coach and program director.

“There were some really nice defensive plays, doubles, triples, home runs, everything you could possibly see in a great final game. It was nice to come out on the winning end, a great reward for all the hard work everybody put in all season.”

The tournament was a true test of both mental and physical resolve for the Coyotes. OC played eight games in four days, including a Saturday-night tiebreaker, the semifinal and championship final all in a span of just 18 hours.

Conversely, the Cascades went a perfect 5-0 in the round robin and, and with a bye to the final, were well-rested on Sunday.

The gruelling schedule was particularly taxing on the Coyotes’ pitching staff but White was proud of the way his players responded and persevered.

“It was a real struggle at the beginning, we didn’t pitch very well,” said White, who is assisted by Jared Johnson. “But after the third game, the guys really buckled down and did the job. It was a tough grind, we had our backs against the wall the last two days, but the whole team just battled all weekend.”

White, who has been with the Coyotes since Day 1, was especially happy for the team’s six graduating players—Jared Dulaba, Brandon Graham, Zan Yandeau, Brandon Becking, Jared Frew and Cole Parusinni—who mark their departure from the program with a CCBC title.

“This group of seniors has been here for half the lifespan of the program,” said White. “It was nice to see them go out with their degrees and certificates and win a championship at the same time.”

As for marking the Coyotes’ 10th anniversary with a conference crown, White can’t conceive of a better reward.

“The program has come a long way from where we were at in the beginning,” said White, whose team had its best ever regular season finish at 20-8. “We’ve been close before, we’ve had some good teams in the past, so it’s nice to see these guys finish it off they way they wanted. A lot of hard work has gone into this. It was a sweet way to close it out.”

Conference awards…

The Coyotes were well represented on the CCBC all-conference team.

Davis Todosichuk, Noah Wood-Jolivet and Trevor Brigden were named to the first squad, while Erick Junnola, Chris Wyslobocki and Trevor Mlait made the second team.

Individual awards were handed out to Brandon Graham as the league leader in home runs (5), Jared Frew who compiled the most RBIs, and Trevor Brigden who won CCBC Pitcher of the Year.

The Coyotes also won team awards for best ERA (.380) and most home runs.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@capnewsports

whenderson@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Latino-American rock ‘n’ roll band The Mavericks coming to Kelowna

Kelowna is the only B.C. stop on the band’s worldwide tour

Kelowna transit system to add new routes in September

The decision is due to increase in demand, according to BC Transit

‘Ghost bike’ memorial installed where Kelowna cyclist was killed by truck

Ernie Gabbs, 69, died at the corner of Dillworth Drive and Harvey Avenue on Aug. 12

Two drowning incidents on Okanagan Lake serve as safety reminder

B.C. drowning fatalities down compared to August 2018

Memorial grows for West Kelowna teen

Jaxsn Cahill drowned at Gellatly Bay Park on Aug. 17

Clean the house, prep for your next trip: Tips to nix the post-vacation blues

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

It’s back! Aritzia releases annual warehouse sale dates

Your favourite summer end sale is back and ready to take your money

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Robbery tactic used on Salmon Arm senior not uncommon

RCMP advice comes after credit cards stolen in Walmart parking lot

Black bear kills donkey in Revelstoke, put down by RCMP

Conservation Officer says once they attack livestock they are a danger to the public

VIDEO: RCMP unveil new, state-of-the-art forensics lab

The laboratory is expected to handle thousands of forensic services from across Canada annually

Most Read