Islanders hope to maintain winning ways heading into break
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 at www.seniorbase ballnb.