Mix in players from around the Fraser Valley, add a small dash of Langley, and you have yourself the recipe for a B.C. Senior Little League champion.
The Fraser Valley Cyclones, including North Langley's Shane Younker and Langley's Chad McColm, won last weekend's best-of-three B.C. championship series with a twogame sweep over the North Shore Monarchs at Walnut Grove Park.
With the win, the Cyclones earned a ticket to the Canadian Senior Division (15-and 16-year-olds) championship tournament being held in Regina, Sask., Aug. 2-8.
Sixteen-year-old Younker and 15year-old McColm were the two players from this community's two Little League clubs who made the Fraser Valley Cyclones, District 3's all-star team.
The Cyclones are made up of players from Langley, Whalley, and Coquitlam.
In Saturday afternoon's opener, Younker had a gold-glove worthy performance at shortstop, killing any potential rallies while recording 10 put outs and assists.
The Cyclones added to their lead every inning and won 8-2.
The second game was a thriller.
Fraser Valley trailed 6-2 in the fifth inning when McColm, the team's designated hitter, got involved in the comeback with a rally-extending, hard drive into left field. North Langley's Shane Younker (left) and Langley's Chad McColm held the B.C. Senior Division championship trophy, after helping the Fraser Valley Cyclones win the provincial title last weekend at Walnut Grove Park.
The Cyclones tied the game at six runs apiece after five innings.
In the sixth inning and Fraser Valley runners on second and third, Younker drove a ball to right field, scoring both base runners and putting his team ahead for the first time, by an 8-6 count.
North Shore loaded the bases in the seventh inning and scored a single run to make it 8-7 with two outs, before Cyclones' pitcher Aidan Davies got the final strike out to clinch the victory.
Then, the new B.C. Senior League champions started their celebration.
Younker got the start on the mound in the series-clinching win, striking out nine while allowing six runs on four hits and walking two batters.
The all-star team has played a number of strong games recently against top rep teams, including exhibition wins of 2-0 over Okotoks from Calgary and 11-1 over Cloverdale's midget AAA team.
The upcoming national tourney will crown the Canadian champions, who will go directly to Bangor, Maine to represent Canada in the World Series.