Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
The Langley Blaze used consistent hitting and aggressive base running to shut out the Victoria Mariners 7-0 and 3-0 in a British Columbia Premier Baseball League double header on Saturday at Henderson Park.
The Blaze got to Mariners starter Nathan McKinlay in game one putting up 5 runs off 6 hits in the opening 2 2/3 innings. They would add 2 more earned runs off Kaelin Norris-Jones and Graeme Godfrey for the victory.
Nathan McKinlay got the strart in game 1 for the Mariners. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Mariners struggled to figure out the pitching of Marc Andre Habeck, who went 6 innings giving up 5 hits.
Drayson Lum shatters his bat during BCPBL double header action between the Victoria Mariners and Langley Blaze. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
Blaze catcher Preston Kokotailo lead the way offensively going 3-4 at the plate and Bill Germaine, Greg Rodger and Nick Rutckyj all recorded doubles.
The Langley Blaze batters showed their consistancy knocking out 11 hits in the opening game of a double header with the Victoria Mariners on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The second game of the day saw the Mariners go with Erik Phillips on the mound and the Blaze countered with Justin Geerto.
The Blaze opened the scoring in the first when they manage to score a run of a sacrifice hit by Mason Catty with the bases loaded.
Canadian Jr. National team member Jesse Hodges gets set to throw to first for the Mariners during Saturday’s BCPBL action against the Langley Blaze. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The game then turned into a pitcher’s duel with nether team able to put any runs on the board.
Langley would use some aggressive base running, stealing 4 times in the inning, and take advantage of an error and a double by Josh Wray to added 2 more runs to post a 3-0 lead.
Victoria’s Daryl Blaskovitch awaits the throw as Langley’s Tanner Shaer slides in for a stolen base. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The Blaze brought in closer Liam Stroud, who struck out 3 of the 5 batters he faced, to secure the win and sweep of the Mariners.
The Mariners now sit at 6-4 on the season, tied for 4th two games back of the league leading Nanaimo Pirates.
Victoria’s Matt Bryan beats the throw to first during open game of double header with the Langley Blaze. (photo by Glenn Ivens)
The M’s are back in action May 5th when they take on the visiting Abbotsford Cardinals at Henderson Park. Game times 1 and 3:30.