BCPBL All-Stars Strut Their Stuff at Inaugural All-Star Game in Langley

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June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Victoria Eagle Alex Baan-Meiklejohn rounds third on his way to scoring at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Victoria Eagle Alex Baan-Meiklejohn rounds third on his way to scoring at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC. 

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

June 15, 2019, Langley, BC – The BCPBL celebrated its 25th year of elite Premier baseball in the Province by holding its first ever All-Star game on Saturday afternoon at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley, BC.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - White Rock's Ryan Dauphinee is introduced ahead of the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – White Rock’s Ryan Dauphinee is introduced ahead of the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

The game, which actually consisted of two seven-inning affairs, was less about the score and more about the chance for the best players in the league to come out and have a fun day, and flaunt their talents in front of various scouts in attendance, including legendary Canadian MLB scout Walt Burrows, as well as California Angels scout Don Archer, just two of a number in the crowd.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Players were under the close watch of scouts during batting practice ahead of the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Players were under the close watch of scouts during batting practice ahead of the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

The teams involved included the Western Conference – made up of players from the Mid-Island Pirates, North Shore Twins, Okanagan A’s, Parksville Royals, UBC Thunder, Victoria Eagles and Victoria Mariners – against the Eastern Conference – made up of players from the Coquitlam Reds, Fraser Valley Cardinals, Langley Blaze, North Delta Blue Jays, Whalley Chiefs and White Rock Tritons.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - UBC Thunder pitcher Eil Saul delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – UBC Thunder pitcher Eil Saul delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

Using an interesting format, where only a maximum of five batters could come to the plate for any one team in each half-inning, the game moved crisply along, with the Western Conference taking it to the Eastern Conference in the days first game, while the Eastern Conference rebounded for a close win in a pitching duel of a second game.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Legendary scout Walt Burrows (right) was on hand at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Legendary scout Walt Burrows (right) was on hand at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

Actual and official scores were not kept during the game as a testament to the spirit of fun that was the theme of the day.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Victoria Eagle Ardan Berg kicks the ball away from Fraser Valley catcher Kayden Beauregard to score a run during the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Victoria Eagle Ardan Berg kicks the ball away from Fraser Valley catcher Kayden Beauregard to score a run during the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

BCPBL and ISN photographer Christian J. Stewart was on hand for both games.  Please enjoy his selection of photos here.

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Mid-Island Pirate Aaron Marsh delivers a hit at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Mid-Island Pirate Aaron Marsh delivers a hit at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.

Additional photos from the day can be found at https://tinyurl.com/BCPBLALLSTARS and the full set from the day will soon be available for viewing and purchase at https://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/bcpblallstar2019

June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Victoria Mariner Aidan Heintz delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Victoria Mariner Aidan Heintz delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Fraser Valley shortstop Yosuke Fujie dives for a ground ball during the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Fraser Valley shortstop Yosuke Fujie dives for a ground ball during the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Victoria Eagle Ardan Berg delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Victoria Eagle Ardan Berg delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Players compete in the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Players compete in the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - A member of the UBC Thunder gets high fives after scoring a run during the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – A member of the UBC Thunder gets high fives after scoring a run during the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Parksville pitcher Jacob Volkers delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Parksville pitcher Jacob Volkers delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - It was close confines on the base paths for these two Western Conference players early in the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – It was close confines on the base paths for these two Western Conference players early in the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC - Langley pitcher Lukas Frers delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.
June 15, 2019, Victoria, BC – Langley pitcher Lukas Frers delivers a pitch at the 2019 BC Premier Baseball League All-Star Game at McLeod Park, in Langley, BC.