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Is­lan­ders hope to main­tain win­ning ways head­ing into break

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders are look­ing for their fourth straight win tonight when they host theMonc­ton Fisher Cats.

Start time for the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League game is 7:30 p.m. at Me­mo­rial Field.

The Is­lan­ders, who have 10 days off af­ter tonight, are hop­ing to keep their win­ning way go­ing.

“We’re go­ing into a break, so it would huge for us to get that win to­mor­row,” coach Keith Craswell said Mon­day.

Char­lot­te­town (11-7) is com­ing off a Satur­day sweep on the Saint John Alpines, punc­tu­ated by Dan O’Shea’s no-hitter in a 30 win in the cap­per. O’Shea al­lowed just one walk.

Ja­cob Beck gets the ball tonight.

“The pitch­ing staff held up on Satur­day. We only used two pitch­ers, so it’s Jake’s turn again in the ro­ta­tion,” Craswell said.

Hit­ting his spots will be key for the right-handed hurler.

“If he gets his curve­ball over, it makes his fast­ball bet­ter,” Craswell said.

Fourth-place Monc­ton (6-6) is two games be­hind the sec­ond­place Isles with six games in hand and four back of the league-lead­ing Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als (13-5). Third-place Chatham is only 1.5 games back of Char­lot­te­town.

It has cre­ated a log-jam in the mid­dle of the stand­ings and makes ev­ery game im­por­tant.

“Any game you can win, you’re putting a lit­tle space be­tween your­selves and the guys that are chas­ing you,” Craswell said.

Af­ter tonight, Monc­ton plays Chatham Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day and Fred­er­ic­ton on Sun­day.

Char­lot­te­town’s Dy­lan McKenna leads the league in hits (26) and is sec­ond in the league in av­er­age at .394, while team­mate Dil­lon Doucette leads the league in home runs (5) and runs bat­ted in (26) and is third in av­er­age (.391).

Monc­ton slug­ger An­drew Rinzler is sev­enth in bat­ting at .359 while Mike Bis­ceglia and Pat Godin are tied with seven RBIs.

Brody McDon­ald leads the Is­lan­ders staff with an 1.85 earned-run av­er­age.

Justin Cormier’s 2.47 ERA leads the Fisher Cats staff.On the web at­nior­base ballnb.

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