Strong pitching fuels Blaze to doubleheader sweep

Langley hurlers allow just three hits and one run

A pair of pitching gems led the Langley Blaze to a doubleheader sweep of the Coquitlam Reds.

The Blaze blanked the Coquitlam Reds 4-0 in game one and then won the second end of the twin-bill 7-1 at McLeod Park on June 28. The victories push the U18 baseball team’s win streak to five games while improving their overall record to 29-6 and a two-game lead atop the B.C. Premier Baseball League standings.

In the opener, Justin Geerts allowed just two hits and one walk in a complete game shutout. He also struck out six.

The offence was led by a pair of RBIs from Preston Kokatailo, and one each from Tyler O’Neill and Mitchell Robinson.

The second game was a one-hitter from Jon Bauer. He also struck out six, walked three and surrendered one unearned run.

The Reds led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when the Blaze bats exploded.

O’Neill belted a two-run home run and then added a run-scoring double in the sixth to finish with three RBIs.

Josh Wray, Bill Germaine and Mason Cratty had one RBI apiece.

Langley now has a break in league play as they do not play again until July 13 against the Whalley Chiefs.

They are in Los Angeles from July 1 to 8 for the Wally Kincaid Memorial Tournament.