A young Okanagan College Coyotes baseball team hit the field last weekend and took four games from the visiting Western Washington Vikings in exhibition collegiate baseball action.
The Coyotes used all of their healthy 44 man roster with players getting playing time and an opportunity to show what they can do. It was the first opportunity for head coach Geoff White and his staff to evaluate the players in competition as the club has just played intra-squad games to this point.
Team manager Bill Bayne said there was lots of good baseball played.
“It was a good solid weekend for the Coyotes team as they began to bond as a team and the competition for starting positions started for real,” stated Bayne. “For the most part the coaches were pleased with what they saw and learned about their players and the prospects for a successful spring season look promising.
Here’s some highlights from the four game weekend:
GAME 1: Coyotes 15 Vikings 10
OC dominated the early going and then had a lapse late in the game. Marcus Drewry earned the win as he led 13-3 when he gave way to relievers after six innings. Western Washington started a late comeback that fell just short. For the Coyotes Dallas Senger led the way with five hits including a triple, two runs scored and two RBI’s. Josh Brear was 2 for 3 and scored three runs while Jesse Rypien also scored three times. OC had a nine run inning in the 5th racking up 7 straight hits including 3 triples (Senger, Tyler Pentland and Brandon Graham).
GAME 2: Coyotes 6 Vikings 5
Game two was a close affair that took two extra innings to decide. Starting pitcher Zack Burlon pitched five strong innings, allowing one run on three hits and the Coyotes led 5-1 when he handed the ball to the bullpen. The Vikes scored two runs in each of the 6th and 7th innings sending the game to extra innings. The Coyotes scored the winner in the bottom of the 9th when Senger reached on an error, Rypien singled and Aidan Mcvea drilled a single to right field.
GAME 3: Coyotes 7 Vikings 1
An excellent game by OC featured an outstanding pitching performance by rookie Gage Mclaren who tossed a complete game, giving up one run on four hits and striking out nine Vikings. OC scored three runs in the first inning as Greg Adams doubled, Andy Scott Braden Heyland and Curtis Mazurkewich drove in runs. On the game Lamont was 3 for 4 including a triple and two RBI`s. Andy Scott scored three runs, Adams was 3 for 4 and Mazurkewich was 2 for 3.
GAME 4: Coyotes 9 Vikings 7
The final game of the series was another well played game by the Coyotes as Joel Lamont allowed just two runs over five innings. He left the game leading 5-2 and lefty Aaron Gouthro pitched the 6th and 7th giving up four runs on four hits and a couple of walks. The Coyotes scored three runs in the 2nd capped by a two run double by Josh Brears. OC put up another four runs in the 7th as Griffin and Andy Scott singled and Vikings pitchers struggled with their command.