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OC Coyotes start tough

The Okanagan College Coyotes put 8,300 kilometres on the bus and played 14 games during their recent 13-day baseball tour of the West.  

“Any time you play that amount of games ... it is going to be tough. I was really happy with the level we competed at, we still have areas to improve in, but generally speaking it was a solid trip,” says Head Coach Geoff White.

The Coyotes started their journey in the Los Angeles area, going 2-5 in the first half of the road trip. Marcus Drewry and Brandon Becking both picked up their first wins of the season against St. Katherines College.

The team then stopped in Coolidge, Ariz. for a double header with national power Central Arizona College. The Vaqueros proved to be to much for the 'Yotes and swept the two games in convincing fashion.

After a quick stop in Phoenix, the Coyotes finished their schedule at the College of Southern Nevada's Presidents Day weekend tournament in Las Vegas.  

The Coyotes started the weekend with an extra-inning win over Northwestern Colorado College. Game 2 would see the Coyotes face College of Southern Nevada, considered one of the top teams in 2015, who shut down the OC offence. Game 3 against Salt Lake Community College saw Drewry return to the mound only to fall with a 5-0 loss.  

Game 4 to wrap up the trip was with the same CSN, who blanked the Coyotes 8-0.

“The Las Vegas portion is always tough.  Teams have deep pitching staffs with some very talented players.  I was pleasantly surprised with our at bats facing some of the top prospects in the country,” says White.

Next up for the Coyotes is their home opener against Eastern Washington University, March 7 and 8 at Elks Stadium. 

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