CALDWELL-- The College of Idaho baseball team has a big weekend coming up. The Coyotes will be hosting Lewis-Clark State College for a four game series, starting Thursday.
It is an in-state rivalry that dates back to 1940, with the Warriors leading the series 139-42. LCSC also has the edge this season, beating the Coyotes in four of the five games that the two teams have played. That bullying that the Warriors have done doesn't sit well with the Coyotes going into this week's series.
"They've beat us a lot, I'm not going to lie," sophomore infielder Jarel Lewis said. "So, it just kind of burns every time. That just keeps bottling up. So, I think it's our turn to start winning some games, definitely against those guys."
The rivalry could also do something for the Coyotes mentally. Wins over a very good Warrior team could give C of I players momentum going into the NAIA West Tournament next week.
"You've got two teams that have won national championships," C of I head coach Shawn Humberger said. "We've played each other in a national championship game, so a rivalry has been built. Then you get some confidence going into the tournament as well, so it's huge to get a couple of victories."
The series gets started on Thursday at 4 p.m. The two teams will meet again for a double-header on Friday starting at 1 p.m., and then wrap up the series with one more game on Saturday at 1 p.m.