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