The Okanagan College Coyotes will close out their Canadian collegiate baseball preseason this weekend at home with a five-game series against the Calgary Dinos.
The teams will meet tonight at Elks Stadium at 6 p.m., at 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Coyotes have been on a roll with 10 straight wins and are 12-9 overall in the preseason.
OC has had plenty of stiff competition leading up to the new CCBC season, including games against top-ranked junior colleges Yavapai College and College of Southern Idaho.
Last weekend, the Coyotes played the Okanagan Athletics and Edmonton Prospects and posted a perfect 5-0 record.
Leading the team into the conference season for the offense will be senior Logan Wedgewood, junior Aaron Barrett and sophomore Davis Todosichuk.
Todosichuk, who will likely be the leadoff hitter for the Coyotes, has posted a .321 batting average and leads the team with 13 stolen bases. Barrett will follow in the order after leading the team in batting average with .375. Wedgewood will be looked upon to drive in both players batting in the middle of the order.
“We have made some progress of late, Todosichuk, Barrett and Wedgewood have consistently given solid at bats and all have the ability to run which put us in a position to score, they have combined to score 43 of our 146 runs this spring,” said OC head coach Geoff White. “We still need some guys to get locked in and eliminate some inconsistency 4 to 9 in our order and drive in guys.”
The pitching staff will be led by sophomore Zac Yandeau and junior Cole Parussini. Yandeau has been the ace of the team this season throwing 29.1 innings posting a 1.86 ERA while striking out 22 batters.
Parussini, who will follow Yandeau in the rotation, started slowly came on strong, throwing 18 innings and fanning 21.
Last season, the OC staff led the league in ERA and least amount of walks allowed, something they look to replicate this season.