Langley falls short against Ontario

Langley's Ian Burns slides into third base while Mount Seymour's Trevor Castagna applies the tag. Langley is 2-1 at the Canadian Little League Baseball championships, which are being hosted by Mount Seymour at North Vancouver's Chris Zuehike Memorial Park.
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The Langley All-Stars managed just three hits and could not hold on to an early lead as they lost for the first time at the Canadian Little League (11/12) baseball championships.

The team lost to High Park, the Ontario champions, 4-3 on Monday afternoon at North Vancouver's Chris Zuehike Memorial Park.

With the score tied at three through the first four and a half innings, Ontario was able to score the winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

Yi-An Pan and Colby Ring had Langley's RBIs. Yi-Fan Pan, Cole Cantelon and Trevor Alcos scored the runs.

Yi-Fan Pan struck out five through four innings.

The loss leaves Langley with a record of 2-1 and two round robin games remaining. Ontario (3-0) leads while Quebec is the other unbeaten team at 2-0.

The top four advance to the semifinals on Friday with the championship game on Saturday (Aug. 13). The winner of the tournament represents Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

In Langley's other games, they eked out a 2-1 victory over Team Atlantic on Sunday.

The winner will represent Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Langley scored one run in both the first and second innings and made that lead last the entire game against Team Atlantic, the Sydney Steel Kings.

Yi-An Pan and Ring drove in one run each as Langley capitalized on their few hits, scoring two runs on three base hits and three walks.

The Langley pitching staff of Cole Cantelon, Ring and Nick Atkinson combined to allow just the single run on five hits and no walks. They also fanned six Steel King batters.

The lone run surrendered was a sixth inning home run.

On the tournament's opening day, Langley crushed Mt. Seymour, the host squad, 10-3.

Langley actually trailed 3-1after the top of the third inning, but scored twice in that frame and then put the game out of reach with seven runs in the fourth.

Ian Burns drove in three runs, while Yi-Fan Pan, Yi-An Pan, Cantelon, Ken Dubois and Riley Ens had an RBI apiece.

The Pan twins and Cantelon combined on the mound to limit Mount Seymour to three runs.

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