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Blue Jays win one of four at Mackie Park

Brendan Halstrom of the Langley Blaze reaches for the ball while Malcolm Boehm of the North Delta Blue Jays arrives safely at first base during a BC Premier Baseball League game Sunday at Mackie Park. - BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Brendan Halstrom of the Langley Blaze reaches for the ball while Malcolm Boehm of the North Delta Blue Jays arrives safely at first base during a BC Premier Baseball League game Sunday at Mackie Park.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

One hit away from sweeping the White Rock Tritons, the North Delta Blue Jays finished the weekend with just one win in four B.C. Premier Baseball League starts at Mackie Park.

The Blue Jays split a pair of 3-2 decisions with the Tritons Friday evening at Mackie Park, before falling 7-1 and 8-3 to the league-leading Langley Blaze.

At 2-11 (won-lost), the Blue Jays fell three and one-half games out of a playoff position.

In the first game Friday, North Delta spotted the Tritons an early 3-0 lead. The home team pulled to within a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Evan Rogers doubled to score Kevin Sengara and Malcolm Boehm.

The Blue Jays were poised to get the win in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded and only one out, but all three runners were stranded.

Dylan MacAhonic took the loss, allowing one earned run on eight hits and a walk in seven inning pitched.

The Jays received another strong, complete-game pitching performance in the second game, and made the most of it. Daniel Gosselin, called up from the Junior Blue Jays, threw a four-hitter over seven innings, with six strikeouts and just two walks.

Rogers led the offense by going three-for-three at the plate.

Against the Blaze, the Blue Jays did something most other PBL teams do when playing the league powerhouse, they were swept.

Langley outhit the Blue Jays 7-4 in the first game, with Boehm getting a pair of singles and scoring the lone run for the home team.

In the second contest, North Delta was held to five hits and didn’t score until the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler Hoefer paced the Blue Jays with a pair of runs batted in.

The Jays are at home again tonight (Thursday) for a game with the 4-15 Coquitlam Reds, before hosting the 9-6 Victoria Eagles Sunday. First game is at 11 a.m.

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