Blaze’s Ross wins rookie of the year

Pitcher nabs top newcomer award, while Langley also lands seven on all-conference rosters

The Langley Blaze were well represented on the 2013 B.C. Premier Baseball League all-conference rosters.

The U18 baseball team placed three players on the first team and another four on the second team.

Outfielders Mitchell Robinson and Shoma Sasaki and catcher Luke Horanski earned first team honours while infielders Michael Dagg and Griffen Andreychuk and pitchers Liam Stroud and Kyle Ross were on the second team.

Ross was also named the rookie of the year after going 9-1 with a 1.68 earned run average. Stroud was 6-2 with a 1.76 ERA.

Dagg (.385), Sasaki (.373), Horanski (.370) and Robinson (.369) finished second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the league. Andreychuk (.355) wasn’t far behind at seventh.

Tyler O’Neill and Brayden Bouchey were also honoured for significant accomplishments.

O’Neill was the highest drafted Canadian in the MLB Draft, going in the third round to Seattle, while Bouchey threw a pair of no-hitters.

Prior to getting drafted and turning pro, O’Neill was hitting .587 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs in 19 games. He would have won both titles had he played enough games.

Bouchey finished the season 8-0 with a 1.24 ERA.