Photo: Rick Kupchuk Whalley Chiefs pitcher Alex DeLuca earned a complete-game victory over the North Delta Blue Jays Sunday afternoon in Whalley.

Whalley Chiefs top Coquitlam for sixth straight win

Premier League team chasing home field advantage for playoffs

After a so-so start to the season, the Whalley Chiefs are establishing themselves as one of the best teams in the B.C. Premier Baseball League.

The 18U team has stretched their current win streak to seven games with a 6-3 win over the Coquitlam Reds Wednesday night at Whalley Stadium.Last Sunday, also in Whalley, the Chiefs topped the North Delta Blues 6-1. Sunday’s game was the first of what was to be a double header, but a steady rain prompted the umpires to call off the second contest due to a wet field.

Owners of a 13-3 (win-loss) record over their last 16 games, the Chiefs are now 19-11 on the season. They are chasing the Parksville Royals (22-12) for fourth place and home-field advantage in the best-of-three first round of the playoffs.

Walt Eschner pitched a complete game for the win Wednesday. Eschner struck out six Reds batters, and didn’t allow a walk. Only one of Coquitlam’s three runs was earned.

Nolan Weger and Will Chaba both went two-for-three at the plate, with Chaba driving in three runs.

Alex DeLuca picked up his fifth win in six decisions against North Delta, allowing one earned run on just three singles and three walks. DeLuca, who has committed to the University of Calgary Dinos for next season, struck out three North Delta batters.

North Delta’s lone run came in the top of the fourth inning, which tied the game. Whalley regained the lead with a solo home run from Weger in the bottom half of the fourth inning, then added two runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings.

Weger drove in two of the six runs, adding a run-scoring single in the fifth. Owen Napieralski and Eric Symons each had a pair of hits and two runs scored.

After a stretch that saw the Chiefs scheduled to play seven of their past nine games at home, they will spend their next two weekends on Vancouver Island.

Whalley visits Victoria for four games, playing twice against the 17-8 Victoria Mariners tomorrow (Saturday), before a doubleheader with the 9-20 Victoria Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

A week later (July 1-2), the Chiefs are in Nanaimo to play doubleheaders against the Mid-Island Pirates (9-26) and Parksville.

Just Posted

Surrey School District refuses to rent Bell Centre for Parents United Canada rally

Group is seeking court injunction to stop an LGBTQ program in public schools

EXCLUSIVE: Surrey collecting fees on more than 2,400 illegal suites, documents reveal

That works out to more than $1 million in fees collected annually

READERS REACT: ‘Devastated’ mom says 14-year-old Surrey overdose victim loved being with friends

This is what some of our readers are saying about Heaven Donnelly’s tragic story

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

Off-duty officer, store staff struck in South Surrey altercation

One arrested following suspected theft in Grandview Corners

VIDEO: Surrey Now-Leader reporter tries on a ‘drunk driving suit’

The suit from Ocean Park Ford emulates what it’s like to get behind the wheel after drinking

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

‘Hearties’ descend on Langley

Fans of TV show ‘When Calls the Heart’ have gathered in Langley for the Hearties Family Reunion

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Nerd alert: Science fiction, fantasy and games fans convene in Surrey for VCON

New this year is a Halloween Spook-A-Thon fundraiser at Sheraton hotel in Guildford

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’ comedy show playing Surrey has drawn flak elsewhere

In Mike Delamont’s solo show, ‘God’ is portrayed as a middle-aged, Scottish auntie

Most Read