Junior Blaze win streak comes to end after baker’s dozen

Langley U16 baseball team goes 3-1 over weekend, improving to 15-1 on the season

All good things must come to an end and that’s what happened to the Langley Junior Blaze.

The U16 baseball went 3-1 over the weekend, with the loss snapping a 13-game winning streak to start the B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League season.

Langley split a doubleheader on Saturday, winning 5-2 and losing 5-1 to the White Rock Junior Tritons at South Surrey Athletic Park. But they quickly put that loss behind them, sweeping the second-place North Shore Junior Twins 9-5 and 8-3 on Sunday at Parkgate Park.

The results improved Langley to 15-1, 1.5 games ahead of the Twins.

The weekend began with James Hardy throwing a two-hitter, allowing just a pair of unearned runs while striking out seven.

Jayden Knight had two triples and a pair of RBIs to lead the offence while Michael Stovman, Nate Kolb and Brockton Wickins had an RBI apiece.

Langley’s lengthy win streak finally came to an end after White Rock scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to win 5-1.

Stovman had the lone RBI while Colby Ring was tagged with the loss.

Langley rebounded with a 9-5 win the next day as Rhys Cratty led the way with three hits — finishing just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle — and four RBIs.

Stovman also went deep with a three-run home run as well as picking up the win with six solid innings of pitching.

Adam Reston had the other Blaze RBI.

And the Blaze made it a sweep thanks to a pair of four-run innings in the 8-3 game two victory.

Wesley Moore allowed just one earned run over seven innings for the win while Jaron Jeske, Cratty and Quintin Nakamura had an RBI apiece.

Langley is back in action on June 10 when they host the North Delta Junior Blue Jays at McLeod Park.

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