Game over for Blaze as bats go silent in playoffs

Langley U18 baseball team scores five runs in three games, drop best-of-three series to Okanagan

Kristjan Storrie and the Langley Blaze saw their season come to an end after losing their best-of-three playoff series to the Okanagan Athletics. Storrie hit a two-run home run in a 5-2 game one victory, but the Blaze offence could not muster any runs the rest of the series.

Kristjan Storrie and the Langley Blaze saw their season come to an end after losing their best-of-three playoff series to the Okanagan Athletics. Storrie hit a two-run home run in a 5-2 game one victory, but the Blaze offence could not muster any runs the rest of the series.

The Langley Blaze offence went cold at the wrong time.

The U18 baseball team scored a total of five runs — all of which came in one inning — over 21 innings. Not surprisingly, the Blaze lost their best-of-three B.C. Premier Baseball League to the Okanagan Athletics over the weekend at McLeod Athletic Park.

On Saturday, Langley won the opener 5-2 but lost game two 1-0.

That set up a winner-take-all game on Sunday with the A’s prevailing 4-0.

“Our offence went cold at the wrong time of year,” summed up Langley coach Jamie Bodaly.

“We battled hard all three games and I’m proud of their compete level.

“It will be tough to say goodbye to some of my seniors; they bled for the Blaze.”

All 12 graduating players will play either university or junior college baseball next year.

The Blaze had finished fourth in the regular season at 28-16, four games ahead of fifth-place Okanagan (24-20).

In game one of the series, Langley broke through for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, including a two-run home run from Kristjan Storrie. Hayden Jaco also had an RBI double while Connor Chorpita drove in one run with an RBI single.

That was more than enough offence for Cooper Misic, who allowed just a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. He also struck out six.

It was scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh in game two when Michael Stovman issued a bases-loaded walk for the decisive run.

The Langley offence was limited to two base hits and things didn’t get much better with just three hits in game three.

The Athletics scored once in the second inning and put the game out of reach with three runs in the third on their way to the 4-0 win.

Parker Logan was tagged with the loss.