DeLuca fans 10 as Chiefs split with Blaze

Whalley loses to Langley 8-3, wins rematch 5-1

Playing against the league’s first-place team, the Whalley Chiefs will take a split of a rare midweek doubleheader.

The Chiefs hosted the Langley Blaze Tuesday night at Whalley Stadium, and lost the first game 8-3 before posting a 5-1 victory in the second contest.

The Blaze remain atop the B.C. Premier Baseball League standings with a 13-4 (won-loss) record, while the Chiefs are in eighth place at 8-11.

A five-run fifth inning cost the Chiefs in the first game. While trailing 2-1, the visiting team took advantage of a pair of doubles, a walk and an error to score five unearned runs.

Langley had 12 hits off a pair of Whalley pitchers, while the Chiefs totalled nine hits. Thomas Espig, Max Williams and Braeden Massignani each had a pair of hits for the Chiefs, with Espig driving in a pair of scores.

In the second game, the Chiefs scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and then rode the pitching of Alex DeLuca to a win.

Lichel Hirakawa-Kao and Espig drew walks to the start the first inning, then Lucas Soper was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Massignani singled to drive in Hira-kawa-Kao, then a wild pitch allowed Espig to score. Soper went home on a single by Spencer Gatzke, who was called up from the Junior Chiefs squad.

DeLuca allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk, striking out 10 Blaze batters.

The Chiefs will play two more double headers this weekend, starting with a pair of games tonight (Friday) against the 3-16 White Rock Tritons at the South Surrey Athletic Park.

The 13-5 Victoria Eagles will be the visitors for a pair of games at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Whalley Stadium.

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