Mar 2014 18

OC Coyotes Open 2014 Season

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Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

The Okanagan College Coyotes will open the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) 2014 regular season this weekend when they travel to Kamloops to face the University of Calgary Dinos and the defending champion Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.

The Coyotes are coming off three straight wins at Elks Stadium over the weekend to conclude the exhibition season.  They beat the Edmonton Prospects Baseball Academy in three tight games by scores of 3-2, 6-5 and 1-0.

“We’ve had a good exhibition season, but our guys are scratching at the bit to play a game that really means something,” says Head Coach Geoff White.  “The weather is starting to turn nicer each day, we had a chance to play at Elks last weekend, so its starting to feel like the season is finally here.”

Last spring the ‘Yotes finished a disappointing 12-16 and made an early exit from the championship tournament.

The Coyotes will feature a 36 man roster this season, highlighted by a great mix of veteran leadership, along with a solid crop of young players.   Coach White will have 17 pitchers on his staff and 19 positional players.

“We’re excited about this group,” continued White.  “We got a lot of new faces and a lot of returning guys, so I think we have a dynamic group this year.”

To complement the 10 returning veterans including Garrett Weise (senior) and Bryan Elais (junior), the bulk of Coach White’s team this spring is the freshman class.  In all 26 fresh faces have made the club.  Despite this club being young, they have already received the experience needed in the CCBC level.  The players travelled to Arizona and Las Vegas last month and played 16 games against some of the top college programs in those areas.

Following this weekend the Coyotes will play their home opener on Friday March 28 against the Dinos at Elks Stadium at 6:00pm.  They will host Dinos and Dawgs on March 29th, before a match up with the Dawgs on March 30th to conclude the weekend.

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