Blaze Bats, Pitching Overpower Baby Eagles

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)(http://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com)

The Victoria Eagles Junior Premier baseball team lost a pair of games, 8-1 and 16-1, to the top seated Langley Blaze Saturday afternoon in BC Junior Premier League action at Lambrick Park.

Victoria (ISN) – The defending league and provincial champion Langley Junior Blaze presently sit atop the BC Junior Premier League standings, while the Victoria Eagles occupy the basement, so it was no surprise Saturday when the Blaze pounded out a total of 23 hits and scored 24 runs during their 8-1 and 16-1 victories over the Junior Eagles at Lambrick Park in Victoria.

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The Eagles Eric Hegadoren (left) was effective in his 4 innings of work, limiting the Blaze to just 2 runs, while the Blaze’s Grahame Bailey (right) overcame a minor medical issue to shut the Eagles down with just 3 hits over his 6 innings of work (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN)

The Eagles were actually playing well and keeping things close in Game 1 of the double header, as Eagle starter starter Eric Hegedoren got some help from his defence – who turned two double plays – to limit the Blaze to just 2 runs over his 4 innings pitched.
 

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The Eagles Tony Ebbs-Canavan turns one of the Eagle’s two double plays early in Game 1 Saturday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

The wheels fell off though when reliever Sam Caouette came in and surrendered 2 runs in the 5th and another 4 in the 6th, to effectively put the game away for the Blaze.

Meanwhile Blaze starting pitcher Grahame Bailey – who had to take a brief break early in the game to calm down a heart murmur issue – easily contained the Eagle batters through his six innings of work, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7.
 

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Langley’s Colin McMaster slides safely into second while Victoria’s Graeme Chong tries to come up with the throw (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

Jordan Parmar, Tony Ebbs-Canavan and Lyndon Simmons were the only Eagles to muster a hit off Bailey, with Parmar scoring the only Eagle run.

For the Blaze, Matt Whieldon and Justin Lawrence led the way with a pair of hits each, with Whieldon contributing a pair of RBIs.
 

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Langley’s Justin Lawrence (left) and Matt Whieldon (right) led the Blaze with a pair of hits each in Game 1 (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

In Game 2, the Blaze were once again held in check by a strong outing from Eagle starter Jason Heckl who allowed just 1 run on 4 scattered hits over the first three innings, but would then explode on reliever Ebbs-Canavan, scoring 12 runs over the course of the next 4 innings to turn the game into a rout.
 

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The Eagle’s Jason Heckl (left) and the Blaze’s Kyle Ross (right) were the Game 2 starters with Ross going the distance in Langley’s 16-1 win (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

In the 8-run 7th, Ebbs-Canavan was relieved by Lyndon Simmons, who gave up 3 more runs before finally retiring the side.

Offensively, the Eagles were once again held in check by a solid performance from Blaze left-hander Kyle Ross, who went the distance, giving up the single run on 6 scattered hits, just one walk and striking out 4.
 

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Eagle rookies Noah Dalziel (left) and Graeme Chong (right) had two of the Eagle’s six hits in Game 2 Saturday (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

On the plus side for the Eagles, three of their hits in the game came from first year players Austin Wild, Graeme Chong and Noah Dalziel. Kyle Murai, Zach Deol and Jason Heckl had the other hits for the Eagles while Murai crossed the plate with their only run.

For the Blaze, designated hitter Erich Broatch had a monster of a game, going 3 for 5 at the plate with 4 RBIs and a run scored. Danny Hollins, Shayne Clarke and Liam Goddfrey also chipped in with a pair of hits each.

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Eagle pitcher Tony Ebbs-Canavan (left) had a tough time Saturday, especially against Langley’s Erich Broatch (right) who went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs in Game 2 (Photos by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

After winning their opening game of the season, the Eagles have now dropped five straight and sit tied with the Victoria Junior Mariners in last place in the BCJPBL with 1-5 records. The Eagles will entertain the Mariners Thursday May 3 at 6:00 pm at Lambrick Park.
 

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Don Cherry’s dog “Blue” provided some unexpected mid-game entertainment during Game 2 on Saturday (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

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