Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 4, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The playoff rounds at the 2013 BC Senior Men’s Provincial Baseball Championships became clear Sunday morning as Langley and Kamloops won their final round robin games to remain undefeated.
In a morning battle of 2-0 teams, the Langley Blaze defeated the Trail Orioles 8-1, as pitcher Ryan Eiswerth pitched a complete game three-hitter to get the win.
Ryan Eiswerth would get the complete game win for Langley Sunday morning (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Langley’s offence was propelled by a 3 RBI day from Robert Foerster and a 2 RBI double from Bobby Wagner. Trail’s lone run came on a solo home run from Kyle Mace.
Robert Foerster would have a 3-RBI game for Langley in the 8-1 win over Trail (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Blaze will now face the Kamloops Sun Devils tonight at 6:00 pm in a battle of 3-0 teams, with the winner of that game advancing directly to the championship game Monday morning at 11:30 am. The loser will advance to a 9:00 am playoff game Monday morning where they can play themselves back into the finals with a win.
Langley’s Bobby Wagner would drive in two runs with this 7th inning double (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Sun Devils played a tense game against previously undefeated Burnaby and it appeared early the Bulldogs would emerge with the win, as they put three runs up in the top of the second to lead 3-0.
Bulldog pitcher Josh Larsen was cruising and looking unhittable, until Kamloops put together a string of three hits in the bottom of the third, the last of which came from Will Devick that scored the Sun Devils first run.
Burnaby’s Josh Larsen was looking good early against Kamloops, but ended up on the wrong end of a 4-3 defeat (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
On the play back to the infield, two Bulldog throwing errors allowed another run to score and then Devick himself came all the way around to score on a close and controversial call at the plate, as Burnaby catcher Sean Hotzak and most of the Burnaby faithful in attendance felt Devick was tagged out at the plate.
Kamloops basrunner Will Devick attempts to avoid the tag from Burnaby catcher Sean Hotzack on this close play at the plate in th third inning. Devick was ruled safe on the play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The score would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh, as both Larsen and Sun Devil starter Jake Hein stayed efficient and used solid defenses behind them to get out of any trouble.
In the bottom of the seventh, Larsen would hit leadoff batter Evan Douglas, who was then sacrificed to second by Cam Strachan and then driven in on a walk off RBI single by Keenan Chanin to give the Sun Devils the 4-3 win.
Kamloops shortstop Adam Halland makes a fine play on this ground ball during Sunday’s game against Burnaby (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Trail and Burnaby, now both 2-1 will now meet in tonight’s second playoff match up, also at 6:00. The loser of that game is finished, while the winner will advance to play the loser of the Kamloops – Langley match up at 9:00 am on Monday. The winner of the 9:00 am game Monday will advance to the finals.
Kamloops starter Jake Hein would get the complete game 4-3 win against Burnaby on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the championship final, the team that comes through the 9:00 am playoff game Monday would have to defeat the 4-0 team twice to win the final. Should that second championship game be required, it will be played at 2:30 pm.
Kamloops’ Keenan Chanin heads to first after singling in the winning run against Burnaby in the bottom of the 7th inning Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In other action early Sunday, the Victoria Mavericks 2 team finished their round robin with a 6-5 win over the winless Prince George Grays. Jake Salter got the game MVP award as he had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Mavericks.