Blaze go .500 over weekend

Langley splits doubleheaders with Victoria, Nanaimo

Langley Blaze’s Ricky Bertrand and his teammates went 2-2 on the weekend, splitting a pair of doubleheaders in Victoria against the Mariners and at home on Sunday against the Nanaimo Pirates.

Langley Blaze’s Ricky Bertrand and his teammates went 2-2 on the weekend, splitting a pair of doubleheaders in Victoria against the Mariners and at home on Sunday against the Nanaimo Pirates.

It was a weekend of mixed results for the Langley Blaze. The U18 baseball team split a pair of doubleheaders against the Victoria Mariners and Nanaimo Pirates to improve their record to 5-2.

The Blaze had gone through the first three games of the B.C. Premier Baseball League season without surrendering a run, but that streak came to an end in the second inning on Saturday as the host Mariners struck for a pair against Tom Robson.

Langley did get one back in the third, an RBI single from Justin Atkinson, but that was all the offence in a 2-1 loss.

Robson went five innings, allowing three hits and four walks, while striking out 10.

The Blaze offence struck back in a big way in game two of the doubleheader.

Langley scored six runs in the second and then another five in the sixth to rout Victoria 13-3.

Dustin Houle went 2-for-4, with a double and a home run, and five RBIs. Jerod Bartnik also had three RBIs.

Devon Stewart scattered five hits over four innings, allowing just the one run while striking out seven.

Back home at McLeod Park on Sunday, the Blaze dropped the opener, 4-1 to the Nanaimo Pirates.

Karl Malecek took the loss, allowing three runs in just over two innings of work.

The Blaze managed the split with a 3-0 win.

Bartnik powered the offence with three hits and one RBI. And on the mound, Kyle Joel allowed just three hits and struck out six, going the distance for the shutout win.