A split of a B.C. Premier Baseball League (PBL) doubleheader isn’t usually something to get excited about.
But when it ends an opponent’s 22-game win streak, it’s noteworthy.
The North Delta Blue Jays won the second half of Saturday’s twin bill at Langley Athletic Park, taking one of two games against the Langley Blaze and bringing an end to the longest win streak in the PBL this season.
After an 11-4 loss in game one, North Delta scored in four of the first five innings of the second game on their way to a 9-6 triumph.
The Jays had 10 hits off Langley pitching, with Bryan O’Hara and Clint Taylor leading the way, each with two hits, a pair of RBIs and one run scored. Matt Gillen also drove in a pair of runs, lifting the Jays to a 7-2 lead after four innings.
North Delta had just four hits in the loss in game one, three coming off the bat of Malcolm Boehm, who finished with one RBI, two singles and a double.
North Delta will play four games next weekend, visiting the North Shore Twins for a pair Saturday, then hosting the Whalley Chiefs for a doubleheader Sunday at Mackie Park at 11 a.m.
Whalley lost twice on Sunday to the visiting Victoria Mariners, and have fallen to 12th in the 13-team league.
The Chiefs went into the weekend coming off their fifth win of the season, an 8-6 decision over the Vancouver Cannons Thursday night at Whalley Stadium.
Whalley had to hang on for the win after taking an 8-0 lead into the final inning. The Cannons sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, scoring six times off three runs, a pair of walks and two Chiefs errors before the home team got the third out to end the game.
The Chiefs took the lead in the second inning when a ball hit by Kyle McComb was mishandled by the Vancouver shortstop and allowed Mitchell Anderson and Matthew Yee to score. Two batters later, Conner Chorpita doubled to score Ryan Pouwells. Three hits and a Cannons error led to five Whalley runs in the third inning.
Anderson and Yee paced the offense with two hits each, with Jacob Robazza getting the win after striking out nine batters in six innings pitched.
The Chiefs didn’t get a hit in their first game against the Mariners Sunday, but twice got a baserunner on third base. Brandon Bohn took the loss, allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings.
Whalley fell a run short in game two against Victoria, getting RBI singles from Pouwells in the third and fifth innings, each run pulling the home team to within one.
Sunday’s two losses left Whalley with a 5-18 record, seven games away from a playoff position.