By: Dan Kinvig, UFV Athletics
In a rematch of the 2018 Canadian College Baseball Championship title game, the Okanagan College Coyotes once again got the better of the University of the Fraser Valley baseball club, taking three of four weekend games.
The Cascades dropped a pair of games to the Coyotes – including an late-innings heartbreaker – on Saturday at DeLair Park in Abbotsford, before splitting Sunday's doubleheader in Kelowna.
Coyotes 13, Cascades 2
Okanagan College built a 6-2 lead, highlighted by Jake Fischer's three-run dinger in the fifth inning, then piled on in the top of the ninth with seven more runs to remove any lingering suspense from the proceedings. Riley Jepson and Dylan Merritt had two hits apiece for UFV, and Zach Chaba drove in a run.
Coyotes 4, Cascades 3
The Cascades got off to a promising start – Brody Vogel and Stephen Horner had run-scoring hits in the first inning, and Horner added his second RBI of the day in the fourth. Travis McDougall, meanwhile, was spinning five shutout innings on the mound. The Coyotes, though, plated a run in the eighth and then reeled off three more in the ninth on Davis Todosichuk's bases-loaded single (combined with a UFV error). The Cascades were unable to muster a response in the bottom of the inning. Vogel finished with three hits, and Jepson reached base in each of his five plate appearances, with one hit and four walks.
Cascades 2, Coyotes 0
Ace righthander Dylan Emmons threw dominant six innings, racking up 12 strikeouts and surrendering just three hits, and reliever Ian Zwartz wrapped up the shutout with five K's of his own over three innings. Jonah Weisner provided a spark offensively, with two hits and an RBI.
Coyotes 10, Cascades 4
Markus Gregson had a breakout performance at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a third-inning homer, but the rest of the UFV lineup would muster just one hit combined – Jepson's RBI triple in the first inning. Okanagan College would do most of its damage in the second inning as they plated six runs, abetted by a pair of Cascades errors.
The Cascades (4-4) have the week off, before returning to action with a four-game series April 12-14 vs. the Calgary Dinos. Visit GoCascades.ca for a complete schedule.