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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

August 9, 2014, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Victoria Mariners Junior Premier team swept a pair of games Saturday, beating the Whalley Chiefs 10-0 and the Langley Blaze 4-3 to advance to the BC Junior Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) semi-finals on Sunday morning at Lambrick Park.

Victoria’s Tyler Schindel slides safely into third with a triple against the Whalley Chiefs on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners actually clinched a spot in the semis with the 10-0 win over Whalley earlier in the day Saturday, as that win, combined with the fact that the #1 seed Langley was 0-2 to that point, having lost to the 8th seed Whalley 3-0 on Friday and to the 5th seed Abbotsford 2-1 Saturday afternoon. Once Victoria beat Whalley, that meant that Whalley and Victoria would be advancing from their pool, while Langley and Abbotsford were done.

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Abbotsford catcher Matthew Ponte puts the tag on Langley’s Cole Cantelon on this play at the plate early in their game Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners and Chiefs will be joined in the semi-finals by the North Delta Blue Jays, who finished their round robin at 3-0, and the North Shore Twins, who finished 2-1. The Twins will meet the Mariners and the Jays will meet Whalley in the cross-over semis, both of which begin at 11:30 am at Lambrick Park, with the final to begin immediately afterward at 2:30 pm.

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Abbotsford pitcher Ryan Kellar would get the win in relief, beating Langley 2-1 on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

For #1 seed Langley, they picked the wrong time for their bats to go silent, being held to just 2 hits in their loss to Whalley and 4 in their loss to Abbotsford, before mustering 7 against the M’s in their final game loss.

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The Blaze’s Dominic Baptista bids for a base hit against Abbotsford on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In Saturday’s game against Abbotsford, the Blaze had chances to score early, loading the bases in the very first inning, but coming away empty thanks to some fine Cardinal defence including a double play on an outfield catch and play at the plate. Pitcher Ryan Kellar would then hold the Blaze at bay for 4.1 innings before giving way to Trevor Wilford for the final 1.2 innings of the upset win.

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A trio of Abby outfielders celebrates the Cardinals 2-1 win over Langley (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners meanwhile seem to be putting it together at the right time. In the early game Saturday against Whalley, they received a great starting performance from pitcher Trey Crust who gave up just 3 hits in 5 innings of work to keep the Mariners up 1-0.

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Victoria’s Trey Crust would go 5 complete innings to get the win over Whalley, allowing just 3 hits (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The Mariners then rewarded Crust with a 9 run bottom of the 5th to bump the score up to 10-0 and win by way of the mercy-rule. Chris Blaskovich, Sam Glowicki and Harrison Hurford would have a pair of hits each to lead the offence, while Glowicki and Brandon White would contribute a pair of RBIs.

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Victoria’s Harrison Hurford would be one of three players with a 2-hit game against the Chiefs on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

In the mean-nothing game against Langley Saturday evening, the Mariners would score 3 in the third to overcome a 3-0 deficit and then get the game winner in the top of the sixth to send Langley home winless. Caleb Piechnik was the offensive hero going 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs including the game winner. Chris Baskovich also had a pair of hits, while Sam Glowicki scored twice incluing the game winner in the 6th.