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Four-game sweep for Junior Blaze over A’s

Langley Junior Blaze pitcher Markus Gregson delivers a pitch during his team’s 7-6 victory over the Okanagan Athletics at McLeod Park on Sunday morning. Langley leads the league with a 21-2 record. - Dan Ferguson/Langley Times
Langley Junior Blaze pitcher Markus Gregson delivers a pitch during his team’s 7-6 victory over the Okanagan Athletics at McLeod Park on Sunday morning. Langley leads the league with a 21-2 record.
— image credit: Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

The Langley Junior Blaze bounced back from a rare defeat — they have lost just two games all season — to sweep a four-game set over the visiting Okanagan Junior Athletics.

All four games were played at McLeod Park on Saturday and Sunday (June 7 and 8) with Langley winning by scores of 8-2, 8-2, 7-6 and 7-0.

The victories improved the U16 baseball team to a league-best 21-2.

The first game saw Langley break open a 3-1 game with a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Yi-An Pan.

Jake Polancic picked up the win with a complete game, allowing two runs over the seven innings. He struck out seven.

Langley had another five-run inning in the second game, this time in the fourth, to break open a 1-0 game.

The Blaze also capitalized on four Athletics errors to win 8-2.

Aiden Mordecai struck out 10 and was one out away from a shutout before allowing a pair of runs.

Cole Cantelon keyed the offence with three hits — including a  triple — two RBIs and two runs scored. He also reached base all five times he went to bat as he also drew a pair of walks.

Sunday’s first game required extra innings after the Athletics erased a 5-2 deficit, but in the bottom of the eighth inning, Cantelon scored on an error for the winning run in the 8-7 Blaze victory.

Jaron Jeske earned the win, pitching two and one-thirds innings of relief.

And the weekend concluded with Zachary Davies striking out 10 over five and two-thirds innings in a 7-0 shutout victory.

Matthew Poirier drove in a pair of runs.

Langley is on the road June 11 at Abbotsford’s Delair Park to face the second-place Junior Cardinals (16-6).

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