Blaze look to silence Cannons in quarter-finals

Top-seed Langley battles No. 8 Vancouver in best-of-three showdown at McLeod Park

  • Jul. 18, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Brayden Bouchey and the rest of the Langley Blaze pitching staff has been dominant this season, allowing a league-low 2.07 earned run average and a .191 batting average.

The Langley Blaze will look to silence the Vancouver Cannons.

The two B.C. Premier U18 Baseball League teams will meet in the quarter-finals this weekend (July 20 and 21) at McLeod Park in a best-of-three series.

The winner advances to the league’s final four provincial championships the following weekend at Abbotsford’s Delair Park.

Langley cruised to the regular season pennant with a 39-9 record.

The Cannons are the eighth seed after finishing at 24-24. And the team had to win their final regular season game just to get to the post-season. Had they lost on July 17, they would have required a one-game playoff with the Okanagan Athletics.

The teams split their four games this season.

Langley won 9-1 and 9-2 while Vancouver prevailed 2-1 and 10-9.

Two of the games were in April while the other two were in late June.

The Blaze led the league with a .342 batting average — the only team to hit above .300 — while scoring a league-high 397 runs (8.3 per game).

Langley also had a league-low 2.07 earned run average and opposing batters hit just .191 against Blaze pitchers. The next lowest batting average was .242.

Game times are noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. If necessary, the teams would play a deciding game on Sunday, also at McLeod Park.

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