Shoma Sasaki of the North Delta Blue Jays slides into third base during a PBL game. Sasaki was one of four local players on the provincial team which placed second at the Canada Cup.

B.C. second at Canada Cup in Ontario

Blue Jays, Blaze players attend under-17 tournament in London

Four local residents were members of the British Columbia provincial team which placed second at the Canada Cup under-17 tournament Aug. 8-13 in London, Ontario.

Outfielder Mitchell Robinson and catcher Preston Kokotailo of the B.C. Premier Baseball League’s (PBL) Langley Blaze, and pitcher Luke Manuel and Shoma Sasaki of the North Delta Blue Jays were part of the B.C. team which lost 9-8 to Ontario in the gold medal game. Robinson, Manuel and Kokotailo call Surrey home, while Sasaki is from Delta.

Robinson was three-for-three with a pair of doubles in the final game, driving in one run (RBI) and scoring three others. Sasaki was two-for-five with a double and two RBIs.

B.C. went 4-5 (won-lost) overall in the tournament, three of the losses coming to undefeated Ontario.

Robinson hit .333 for the tournament, with six RBIs in nine games played, while Sasaki had a .308 average with five RBIs. Kokotailo played four games behind the plate, while Manuel pitched in two contests.

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