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Whalley Chiefs lose tiebreaker, miss PBL final

Victoria Mariners baserunner Jesse Mycock beats Whalley Chiefs catcher Colton Wright to home base during the B.C. Premier Baseball League playoffs at Whalley Stadium on Aug. 2. - BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER
Victoria Mariners baserunner Jesse Mycock beats Whalley Chiefs catcher Colton Wright to home base during the B.C. Premier Baseball League playoffs at Whalley Stadium on Aug. 2.
— image credit: BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

With a chance to advance to the semifinals, the Whalley Chiefs let a 5-1 lead slip out of their hands, losing 9-5 to the North Shore Twins at the U18 B.C. Premier U18 Baseball League provincial championships on the weekend.

The teams were playing a tiebreaker on Monday morning at Whalley Stadium to determine which team would face the Vancouver Cannons and have a shot at the provincial championship game later that day.

The host Chiefs and the Twins, who both finished the round robin portion of the tournament with 2-2 records, each scored a run in the first inning. The Chiefs' run came on an RBI single from Lucas Soper.

Whalley seemed to have grabbed control with a four-run third inning, loading the bases and then scoring one run on a hit batter, a two-run single from Cole Hunt and and RBI single from Max Williams. But the Twins scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and then another four in the sixth.

The Chiefs opened the tournament with an 8-0 loss to the Langley Blaze on Friday, before beating the Victoria Mariners 5-2 on Saturday. Whalley shut-out the Vancouver Cannons 4-0 on Sunday and lost 12-2 to the Twins later that day in their final round robin game.

The Langley Blaze won the championship 4-3 in extra innings over the Twins.

- by Gary Ahuja

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