Horanski, Blaze take home several league awards
The Langley Blaze cleaned up when it came to the year-end hardware handed out by the B.C. Premier Baseball League.
The Blaze won several individual honours as well as being named the BCPBL's team of the year on Sunday.
The U18 baseball team won the league's regular season title with a mark of 39-9, but were upset by the North Shore Twins in the playoffs, as the Twins went on to finish second at provincials, losing over the weekend to the Okanagan Athletics in the gold medal game.
Langley led the league in several statistical categories: team batting average (.312), lowest earned run average (1.92), team home runs (14), hits (414) and strikeouts by their pitching staff (265).
Among the individual awards, Aaron Horanski was named most valuable player. The centre-fielder led the league with a .416 batting average and a .544 on-base percentage. He also had a league-high 50 runs scored.
Tyler O'Neill was named both the top offensive player and the rookie of the year. The shortstop had a league-best .680 slugging percentage and led with six home runs. He was also tops with 39 RBIs and 20 extra-base hits.
First-baseman Mason Cratty was first in doubles with 15. He finished the season hitting .309 with 36 RBIs.
On the mound, Jon Bauer was named top pitcher. He went 11-1 with four shutouts. and a 0.82 ERA. All of those statistics led the league.
Bauer, O'Neill, Horanski and Greg Rodgers were named first team all-stars.
Rodgers, a utility infielder, hit .295 with 24 RBIs.
Outfielder Mitch Robinson was named to the second-team.
Robinson hits .327 with 27 RBIs.