Back-to-back shutouts helped the Langley Blaze take a big step towards securing second place, if not better.
The Blaze entered Monday’s doubleheader a half-game behind their opponent, the Victoria Mariners, for second spot but Langley now holds a 1.5 game advantage with three games to play in the BC Premier Baseball League regular season.
Langley won 4-0 in game one and followed that up with a 10-0 victory at McLeod Athletic Park and the team has now won six of their past seven games after going 4-1 over the weekend.
Danny Berg was masterful in the opener, allowing just three hits over the seven innings for the victory. He also had an RBI.
Langley was leading 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when Ethan Gray belted a bases-clearing triple, scoring Cole Cantelon, Michael Stovman and Rhys Cratty.
Game two saw Langley strike quickly and often, with three runs in both the first and second innings and then another four in the third in what became a 10-0 rout.
Kyle Prather allowed just two hits in the five innings while Berg drove in another three runs.
Gus Wilson, Stovman, Daniel Martin, Dawson Gray and Jayden Knight had an RBI apiece.
Langley is back in action on July 10 when they host the first-place North Shore Twins (29-9) in a doubleheader at McLeod Athletic Park with games at 1 and 3 p.m.
They close the regular season on July 11 when they visit Mackie Park to face the North Delta Blue Jays.
Langley will host a best-of-three BCPBL quarter-final series on July 15 and 16.