Blaze best in Bellingham

Langley rallies for victory at Post 7 Bellingham Invite

The Langley Blaze used a come-from-behind victory to capture top spot over the weekend in Bellingham.

The U18 baseball team was competing across the border at the Post 7 Bellingham Invite.

And after finishing runner-up in 2011, Langley would not be denied this time around.

Facing Seattle’s Pacific Tech in the championship game, the Blaze overcame deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 to win 7-4.

Langley used a huge fourth inning where they scored five runs to take the lead for good.

Justin Geerts picked up the win, while the offence was keyed by Preston Kokatailo’s solo home run and two RBIs apiece from Josh Wray and Tyler O’Neill.

Mitchell Robinson and Tanner Shaer also came up with some timely hits.

Justin Atkinson nailed down the save by pitching the final two innings.

Langley won their semifinal game, 3-0 over Seattle Select, behind a one-hit shutout gem from Tanner Collins.

The winning run came in the third inning after Nick Rutckyj led off with a triple and was subsequently cashed in.

Other notable performances from the weekend include Aaron Horanski hitting a home run and two doubles, as well as Robinson, Bill Germaine, Mason Cratty and Michael Dagg hitting doubles.

On the mound, Marc-Andre Habeck pitched six shutout innings, while Liam Stroud had four shutout innings with seven strikeouts.