Doubleheader split closes regular season for Blaze

Langley finishes B.C. Premier Baseball League season with 39-9 record

The Langley Blaze closed the regular season schedule with a split of their doubleheader against the Vancouver Cannons.

The Cannons won the opener, 2-1, before Langley bounced back to win 9-5.

Both games were at Queen’s Park on Tuesday.

It also marked the end of Langley’s regular season as they won their fifth B.C. Premier Baseball League title in the past six years. The Blaze finished with a record of 39-9.

The U18 baseball club will be the top seed for the league best-of-three quarter-finals when the playoffs begin July 18. The top four teams then advance to the provincial championships on July 24.

The team leaves for Los Angeles this weekend where they will take part in the prestigious Oriole Scout tournament held at Long Beach State University. They will also play some exhibition games at the Major League Baseball Academy in Compton. They return on July 8.

In the opener against the Cannons, Langley led 1-0 on Shoma Sasaki’s third-inning RBI single which scored Mike Dagg.

The Cannons answered back with a pair of runs in the fifth off Cooper Misic, who took the loss.

Game two saw Langley get their bats on track as they struck for four runs in both the first and second innings to take an insurmountable 8-0 lead, winning by a final of 9-5.

Andre Pelletier drove in three runs while Luke Horanski had a pair of RBIs. Mason Cratty, Nick Rutckyj, Mason Verge and Mitchell Robinson each brought home one runner.

Ashton Mantle earned the win.

The Blaze also hosted a pair of doubleheaders on the weekend at McLeod Park.

On Saturday, the Victoria Eagles won both games, 4-3 and 5-2. But on Sunday, it wa another Victoria foe, the Mariners, and this time Langley took both games, 6-4 and 8-2.