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Jr. Blaze offence comes up empty

After a season in which they were the top team from start to finish, the Langley Junior Blaze offence came up empty at the provincial championships.

The U16 baseball team — the top team in the B.C. Junior Premier Baseball League after sporting an impeccable 37-7 record — failed to make it out of the round-robin stage over the weekend at Victoria’s Lambrick Park.

The Blaze lost 3-0 to the Whalley Junior Chiefs on Friday and then twice on Saturday, 2-1 to the Abbotsford Junior Cardinals and 4-3 to the Victoria Junior Mariners.

“We just didn’t hit the ball, plain and simple,” said Langley coach Brad Kemp.

“We got great pitching, like we have all season, but we just couldn’t get the timely hitting.

“And we made some mental mistakes that cost us.”

Kemp said the players were disappointed, especially after such a spectacular regular season.

“To come up short, it is very disappointing for the boys,” he said.

“(But) we learn from it and we move forward.”

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