Ian Huang leads Whalley on the mound and at the plate as the Team BC rep went 6-and-0 in the round robin of the Canadian Little League championships in Mirabel, Que. Jim Bailey photo.

Ian Huang leads Whalley on the mound and at the plate as the Team BC rep went 6-and-0 in the round robin of the Canadian Little League championships in Mirabel, Que. Jim Bailey photo.

Canadian Little League Championship: Whalley goes undefeated through round robin

Ian Huang has been a force for Whalley leading the tournament in hitting and pitching for the week

A five-run fifth inning blew open a close 3-2 game, as Whalley went on to defeat Team Quebec’s Valleyfield 11-4 on Wednesday to close out the round robin of the Canadian Little League Championship with a perfect 6-and-0 record.

The Team BC representative mercied Team Atlantic from Glace Bay, N.S. in four innings, 10-0, on Tuesday, before earning a berth into the semifinal with another convincing win over the Quebec champion on Wednesday.

Today (Thursday) is a day off for most teams except in the case of a tie-breaker or rain-delayed games. Thus far, two games were suspended due to rain, with 1-4 Alberta involved in both. Alberta trailed Team Atlantic 10-8 in Wednesday’s match, but the game was determined complete.

The Lethbridge squad will face 2-3 Ontario in a tie breaker, which will determine fourth place and Whalley’s opponent in the semifinal. An Alberta win will create a three-team tie for fourth place with Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan all at 2-and-4. However, a Toronto Highlands win would settle the matter with the Ontario team taking sole possession of fourth at 3-3 and a date with Whalley in the semi.

Host Mirabel finished in second place with a 12-1 victory over the Prairies Wednesday, and their only loss a 1-0 result suffered to Team BC on Day 2 of the tournament. Mirabel faces third-place Team Atlantic at 4-2 in the other semifinal.

Whalley’s Ian Huang leads all hitters in average, going 9-for-14 for a .643 average. The Surrey team’s ace on the mound has banged out a double, two triples and a home run, with four RBIs, two walks, three strike outs and 10 runs scored. Huang also leads all pitchers with a 0.00 ERA, while working six innings of hitless ball, striking out 11 and giving up just one walk.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. The final goes on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.