Baseball: Langley Sr. Blaze win nationals

The Langley Senior Blaze claimed the 2014 Canadian Men’s Baseball championship on Sunday with a 3-0 shut out victory.

The Langley Senior Blaze claimed the 2014 Canadian Men’s Baseball championship on Sunday with a 3-0 shut out victory over Ontario in St. John’s, Nfld.

The Blaze lost to the Kamloops Sun Devils 5-4 earlier this month in a 15-inning marathon at the provincial championships at Butler Park in Trail, yet played in the nationals by virtue of last year’s provincial win in Prince George. The Sun Devils will play in the 2015 Canadian championship.

Shane Kraemer had his best outing of the year picking up the win in the final, a complete game effort. He struck out 13 while only giving up 1 hit over seven innings.

Bob Foerster was 2-for-4 offensively. Kraemer, although not named to the tournament all-star team, was the top pitcher of the tournament with 21 K’s, and two wins. Bob Foerster, sporting a .455 batting average, and  Sean Hotzak, a .409 average, were named to the tournament All-Star team.

The Blaze went 3-1 in round-robin play with its only loss a 7-3 setback to Manitoba. Langley beat New Brunswick in a close 1-0 match to advance to the final.