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British Columbia Premier Baseball League begins 2021 season

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The Mariners Sam Shaw leaps high for the throw over a sliding Ryan Whelan of the Eagles (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart

June 20, 2021, Victoria, BC – After a cancelled 2020 season due to COVID-19, the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (BCPBL) finally got back into this action this week, as the Province moved to Step 2 in their re-opening plan, part of which saw the return of elite organized sports and the lifting of travel restrictions for such teams.

Eagles head coach Dave Auger gives some pre-game advice to catcher Jai Berezowski (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

It also meant that fans (up to 50) can now attend and watch games, and that players and coaches are under more relaxed protocols on the field and in the dugouts, relative to social distancing and mask use.

Mariners’ game one starter Jaxon Smith-Peterson would give up three runs in the first and then settle in to keep the Eagles off the board after that through five innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

This is a welcome change for all the elite players in the PBL, who have been confined to practices for the past year and in Step 1 over the last month, were only allowed to have inter-squad games against one another, with no fans in attendance.

The Mariners Walker Selley in a bid for a base hit Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The PBL will be taking full advantage of the new protocols and has a full schedule of games ready to go.  Teams will play a two month season, with travel being limited during June – teams will not travel to and from the Island until July – and then there will be an end of season tournament over the August long weekend.

Eagles second baseman Ryder Green turns a double play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For teams like the Victoria Eagles and Victoria Mariners, who began their season with a double-header split against each other on Saturday afternoon at Layritz Park in Victoria, it means that those teams, plus the Parksville Royals and Mid-Island Pirates, will get to know each other very quickly, as all their games in June will be played against one another.

The Mariners Jayden Malinowski had three hits in game one Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

On Saturday, it didn’t take long for both teams to shake off the offensive rust, as in game one, the Eagles would score three quick runs off Mariner starter Jaxon Smith-Peterson, thanks in part to a one out single from Tyler Burton and an RBI double from Jack Swinton.  The Mariners would answer immediately in the bottom of the inning, scoring three off Eagles starter Oliver Mabee.

Mariner second baseman Sam Shaw turns the double play (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

Smith-Peterson would settle in after that, shutting the Eagles down until he left the game in the fifth inning, and after the Mariners scored three in the bottom of the fifth, things looked to be in control for the M’s with an 8-3 lead.

The Eagles Jack Swinton is out by a mile on this tag play at second Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Eagles would score three in the sixth however, closing the gap to 8-6, but a pair of Mariner insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, pushed the game out of reach, despite two more runs from the Eagles in the top of the seventh.

The Mariners Jayden Malinowski celebrates with his teammates after scoring a run Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Mariners were led at the plate by Jayden Malinowski who had a three hits, including a double and three runs scored. Sam Shaw also had a double, walk and pair of runs scored.

For the Eagles, Burton led the offence with a pair of hits, a pair of walks and three runs scored, while Swinton added to his first inning double, with three more singles in the game. Dominic Biello also had a pair of hits and three runs scored.

Despite his struggles here, the Mariner’s Sam Shaw had a good day offensively (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In game two Saturday, the Eagles again came flying out of the gate scoring three in the first, one in the second and six more in the fourth and with the solid starting pitching of Owen Luchies, held a 10-2 lead after four innings of play.

The Eagles Oliver Mabee got the start on the mound in game one and had three hits in game two Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The Eagles would extend that lead to 11-2 in the fifth, but four runs from the Mariners in the bottom of that inning, closed the gap to 11-6.  The Eagles would extend the lead to 13-6 with another run in each of the sixth and seventh innings, and the hold on as the Mariners scored four in the bottom of the seventh to make the finish exciting.

The Eagles Owen Luchies would have a strong outing in game two Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For the Eagles, Dominic Biello led the offence with a pair of triples, a single and two RBI.  Oliver Mabee chipped in two singles and a double, while Ryan Whelan reached base four times, two walks, a single and hit by a pitch, scoring twice.

The Mariner’s Sam Shaw heads to third on his way to a triple on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

For the Mariners, Sam Shaw was once again an offensive leader with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, while Dylan Graw had a pair of hits and three runs scored.

These two teams will meet again Tuesday night at Lambrick Park in Victoria. Game time is slated for 6:30 pm.

The Eagles’ Dominic Biello would have a five-hit afternoon including a pair of triples in game two (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

In other opening games this week, Parksville defeated Mid-Island 8-5, Coquitlam defeated Whalley 4-1, North Shore blanked UBC 2-0, North Delta thumped White Rock 6-0 and Langley eked out a 2-1 win over Abbotsford.

In other reported scores Saturday, the Reds swept a pair from Whalley 9-0 and 8-1, the Twins and Thunder split with UBC winning game one 3-2  and the Twins responding with a 4-2 win in game two, the Cardinals and Blaze also split, with Abby grabbing game one 5-4 and the Blaze rebounding with a 2-1 win in game two.

The Eagles Jordon Bond slides home safely beating the tag by Mariners catcher Bryce Carroll (Photo: Christian J. Stewart)

The full set of photos from the Mariners and Eagles double-header can be found at https://christianjstewart.zenfolio.com/p960373706

 

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Well done Langley Blaze – 2024 LBI Champions

From langleyblaze.com:  Jun 9.24 – The Langley Blaze captured the 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament the hard way.  Over the course of the tournament, the Blaze played their own pool games, going 3-1, and then played a BCPBL league rain out game vs the Mid Island Pirates, and then because of their 1 loss in…

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Jun 9.24 – The Langley Blaze captured the 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament the hard way.  Over the course of the tournament, the Blaze played their own pool games, going 3-1, and then played a BCPBL league rain out game vs the Mid Island Pirates, and then because of their 1 loss in pool play, they were seeded 6th on Championship Sunday which meant they needed to win 3 games on the final day- They did.

 

The Blaze thank all the parents who volunteered all weekend.  We also thank the players and coaches for their tireless efforts on and off the filed over the course of the tournament.

 

Tournament results are below:

 

Game 1 vs North Fraser Nationals 14-2 W

Game 2 vs Brampton Royals 12-0 W

Game 3 vs Mid Island Pirates 10-0 W (also a league make up game)

Game 4 vs Mid Island Pirates 12-2 W (league make up game only)

Game 5 vs ATHX 3-0L

Game 6 Quarterfinal vs Webber Academy 9-1 W

Game 7 Semifinal vs White Rock Tritons 10-2 W

Game 8 Championship vs Delta Blue Jays 6-2 W

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2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament

Share 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament – Schedule Released May 22, 2024 10:32 AM PDT From langleyblaze.com:   May 22.24- The highly anticipated schedule for the 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament has been officially released! The tournament, set to take place from June 5-9, promises to bring exciting baseball action to Langley and surrounding communities, featuring…

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2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament – Schedule Released

May 22, 2024

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May 22.24- The highly anticipated schedule for the 2024 Langley Blaze Invitational Tournament has been officially released! The tournament, set to take place from June 5-9, promises to bring exciting baseball action to Langley and surrounding communities, featuring top-tier teams from across Canada.

This year’s Invitational will see elite baseball teams competing in Langley, Abbotsford, White Rock and Richmond, with games spanning five days of intense competition. Teams from British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario will showcase their talents, vying for the coveted championship title that will be given out at McLeod Field in Langley on Sunday afternoon June 9.

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KEN HATTON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

From the Blaze website: This past weekend, the JR Blaze showcased remarkable resilience and skill, capturing the Ken Hatton Memorial Tournament title in a thrilling journey marked by highs, lows, and an ultimate triumph. The tournament kicked off on a challenging note for the Blaze, as they faced a formidable opponent in the Whalley Chiefs.…

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This past weekend, the JR Blaze showcased remarkable resilience and skill, capturing the Ken Hatton Memorial Tournament title in a thrilling journey marked by highs, lows, and an ultimate triumph.

The tournament kicked off on a challenging note for the Blaze, as they faced a formidable opponent in the Whalley Chiefs. Despite a valiant effort, the Blaze fell short, losing 7-3.

In Game 2, the Blaze rebounded, dominating the Victoria Mariners with a decisive 7-0 victory. 

The journey hit another bump in Game 3 against the Mid Island Pirates. Despite putting up a strong fight, the Blaze were edged out 8-5.

Entering the quarterfinals, the JR Blaze were up against the Victoria Eagles. With a place in the semifinals at stake, the Blaze delivered a powerful performance, defeating the Eagles 5-1.

In the semifinals, the Blaze faced the Kamloops Riverdogs 18u, a team 2-3 years older. In a match that tested their mettle, the Blaze emerged victorious with a solid 3-0 win.

The final showdown saw the JR Blaze once again facing the Whalley Chiefs, the team that handed them their initial loss. This time, however, the Blaze were determined to rewrite the script. They stormed the field with an unyielding spirit, leading to a resounding 8-1 victory.

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