Whalley Chiefs win B.C. junior baseball title

White Rock Tritons, North Delta Blue Jays won once in three playoff games

The Whalley Junior Chiefs may have finished fourth in the BC Junior Premier Baseball League regular season, but they won big when it counted – capturing a league title Sunday after a perfect playoff weekend in North Vancouver.

The Chiefs, who had a 21-15 win-loss record during the regular season, defeated the tournament host North Shore Junior Twins 8-6 in the championship game.

The White Rock Tritons – who were the seventh seed in the eight-team tournament – did not advance past the playoff’s round-robin portion of the schedule, winning just once in three games.

The team’s lone victory came Saturday afternoon, 5-3 over the Abbotsford Cardinals.

In the championship final on Sunday, Whalley took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Stephen  Horner singled and later scored on a North Shore error. The lead was extended to 4-0 one inning later when Ethan Gray – who reached base after being hit by a pitch – Jared Allemann and Horner all scored after one single, a walk, an error and a wild pitch.

The Twins scored a run in the bottom half of the inning to bring the deficit to just three runs, and scored twice more in the fourthh, while Whalley scored once themselves, when Jordan Yamaguchi was hit by a pitch and later scored.

The scored remained 5-3 until the seventh inning, when the two teams scored three runs apiece.

Chiefs’ pitcher Nolan Weger was credited with the win, pitching four innings while scattering five hits. He also led the way offensively, with a triple and three runs batted in.

After Weger’s four innings on the mound, he was relieved by Justin Olic, who struck out one batter over the final three innings.

The Langley Junior Blaze – who’d lost just nine games in the regular season – were the favourites heading into the playoff weekend, but they were up-ended in the semifinals, losing 9-8 to the Twins, leaving the door open for an underdog to snag the title.

Like the Tritons, the North Delta Blue Jays – who finished sixth in the regular season – also did not advance through the round-robin contests, winning just once.

In White Rock’s victory over Abbotsford, the Peninsula squad overcame an early 3-0 deficit to edge their Fraser Valley rivals.

After Abby scored three runs in the first inning, the Tritons responded with three runs of their own in the fourth, highlighted by a Travis Klein double that scored Jeremy Kelleway, who had also hit a double earlier in the inning.

The Tritons scored single runs in each of the last two innings to secure the victory.

Pitcher Tanner Carmont went the distance on the hill for White Rock, striking out four batters over seven innings.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey Police will replace RCMP, government confirms

City of Surrey has been authorized to set up its own city police force

Debris-clearing practices along South Surrey rail line concern SFN, naturist club

‘Discussion needed’ regarding sensitive areas along Crescent Beach railway: SFN chief

Free ‘Hockey FIT’ program aimed at overweight Surrey-area guys

Expanded ‘Hockey Fans in Training’ partners with WHL Giants and Surrey’s Tong Louie YMCA

Pedestrian killed on Surrey’s Highway 17

Police say the incident occurred around 6 p.m. Feb. 26

Suspect in naked crime spree to appear in Surrey court

Police allege he’s responsible for thefts and multiple collisions

B.C. residents in Wet’suwet’en territory have right to police presence: Public Safety Minister

Nevertheless, Bill Blair said officials remain ‘very anxious’ for the barricades to come down

Canada’s 13th coronavirus case confirmed as husband of 12th patient

More than 81,000 cases of COVID-19 have occurred since the virus emerged in China

Shuswap boy wins hockey stick from NHL hero with rock, paper, scissors

Chase’s Payton Koch’s exchange with Minnesota Wild’s Kevin Fiala caught on camera

Vancouver 4/20 event to protest ‘intolerance of cannabis’ at Sunset Beach in 2020

The 2020 event is billed as a ‘protest and farmers market’

UPDATE: Son, 5, dies in hospital after crash that killed dad, older son on B.C. highway

Mike Cochlin and sons Liam and Quinn were travelling on Highway 5A

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to meet today with federal and B.C. governments

Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks

Chinatowns across Canada report drop in business due to new coronavirus fears

Around the world, about 81,000 people have become ill with the virus

VIDEO: Province promotes ‘lifting each other up’ on 13th annual Pink Shirt Day

Students, MLAs, community members gathered at B.C. Parliament Buildings Wednesday

Prepare for new coronavirus like an emergency, health minister advises

About 81,000 people around the world have now become ill with COVID-19

Most Read

l -->