Thomas Espig makes a catch at first place while a North Delta Blue Jays opponent heads back to first base during a game earleir this season. The Chiefs defeated the Jays last week to clinch a playoff position.

Chiefs qualify for the postseason

PBL team defeats Blue Jays, lose twice to Langley Blaze

The Whalley Chiefs lost two of three games last week. But the one victory was enough to achieve the goal of qualifying for the B.C. Premier Baseball League playoffs.

After an 8-5 win over the North Delta Blue Jays at home Thursday night (July 9), and two losses to the Langley Blaze Sunday in Langley, the Chiefs finished last weekend with a 20-20 win-loss record. Assured of a top-eight finish in the 18-and-under league, the Chiefs are the sixth team to clinch a playoff position.

A six-run second inning lifted Whalley to the win over the Blue Jays. After North Delta scored three times in the top half of the inning to opened the scoring, Whalley scored a half dozen times on four hits, a wild pitch and a pair of walks. Lichel Hirakawa-Kao had the inning’s big hit, a two-run double which tied the game.

Ryan Kaplanis was three-for-four with two runs scored, with Max Williams hitting a pair of singles and scoring once.

Isaac Greer was the winning pitcher, allowing two earned runs on three hits and four walks in five innings pitched. He had five strikeouts.

The Chiefs had 11 hits but scored just three runs in the first-game loss to Langley Saturday. Lucas Soper and Kaplanis had two hits each for Whalley.

In the second game, Langley held a 7-4 edge in hits. The Blaze led 4-0 after three innings, and hung on for the win.

Spencer Gatzke, called up from the Junior league, drove in all three Chiefs runs in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded double.

Whalley has four games remaining in their regular season schedule.

The were to play the North Shore Twins yesterday (Thursday) in North Vancouver, then are scheduled to host the league leaders for two games in Whalley Sunday starting at noon.

Their final game is at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Coquitlam Reds at Whalley Stadium.

Just Posted

Health Minister opens ‘urgent primary care’ centre in Surrey

The centres were a promise of the NDP along the campaign trail, and the Surrey location is the fourth to open in B.C.

Dump truck crashes into hydro pole in north Surrey

Accident causes power outage in Whalley

Surrey mayor appoints Terry Waterhouse to oversee policing transition

Waterhouse was hired by the previous Surrey First slate as the city’s first-ever Director of Public Safety Strategies

Gas prices in Metro Vancouver to drop six cents

But a ‘volatile’ market could lead to increases in the coming weeks

White Rock included on Maclean’s ‘most dangerous places’ listing

Cities across Canada ranked on crime severity index

Throw a snowball to help kids at BC Children’s Hospital

Effort will raise money for sick kids over the holidays

Want to buy your first home? Move to Kamloops or Prince George

Kamloops, Prince George, Campbell River and Langford are the only other markets in the study without gaps between required and actual income in owning a home.

Seniors in care homes may not get referendum ballots in the mail: Seniors Advocate

Voters list was established in May 2017, so if they moved into a care home since then….

Feds give $2 million for anti-extremism programs in B.C.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said supporting efforts locally is key to prevention

UPDATE: Pedestrian hit by train in Maple Ridge

Emergency responders on tracks along River Road

Should the legal age for cannabis be increased to 21?

B.C. residents have a more mellow attitude to the age limit for pot – but 23 per cent want the legal age increased

Expect ride hailing in B.C. by 2020, Premier Horgan says

Taxi-style insurance option needed for part-time drivers

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

Canada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay tells PM

Canada Post says it is now facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments, largely as a result of strikes

Most Read