Fourth-in­ning surge

Is­lan­ders score four in big in­ning to de­claw Fisher Cats

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY CHARLES REID

Make that four straight wins for the Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders af­ter a 6-3 vic­tory over the Monc­ton Fisher Cats on Tues­day in Char­lot­te­town.

The win, helped by a four-run fourth in­ning pro­pelled by first base­man An­drew Mac­don­ald’s two-run dou­ble, moved the Is­lan­ders to 12-7 in the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League and just one-and-a-half games be­hind the league-lead­ing Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als.

Monc­ton dropped to 6-7 and four-and-half games back of Fred­er­ic­ton.

Char­lot­te­town had a 1-0 lead af­ter three in­nings, on an RBI sin­gle by Mor­gan Ma­cLean which scored Tay­lor Larkin from sec­ond.

In the fourth, Isles sec­ond base­man Jor­dan Duffy reached base on a sin­gle.

A good bunt by left-fielder Kris McGuirk moved Duffy to sec­ond and a throw­ing er­ror by Monc­ton catcher Mike Ivey left McGuirk safe at first.

A sec­ond Fisher Cats er­ror on a ball hit by Larkin moved both run­ners over and loaded the bases with none out.

Af­ter Duffy was forced out at home on a Dy­lan McKenna fielder’s choice, Ma­cLean’s sec­ond RBI of the game (on a sac­ri­fice fly) drove in McGuirk.

Mac­don­ald fol­lowed with a dou­ble to right cen­tre, scor­ing Larkin and McKenna and giv­ing the Isles just enough cush­ion. Mac­don­ald scored on Sean Cor­co­ran’s RBI sin­gle two bat­ters later for a 5-0 lead.

“We got a per­fect bunt ( from McGuirk) and ended up get­ting a good at-bat from Mor­gan Ma­cLean. We were lucky enough to get cou­ple of in­sur­ance runs to close it out,” said Mac­don­ald, who went 3-for-4. “I’m just see­ing the ball good at the plate right now. (It’s re­ally) be­ing able to get a good swing on the ball and you hope they aren’t where you hit it.”

Jake Beck threw five-and-twothirds in­nings, strik­ing out two and walk­ing three in the win. He upped his record to 3-2.

J.P. Steven­son closed out the game for the save.

Monc­ton starter Ben Sol­lows sur­ren­dered eight hits and five runs in three-and-two-third in­nings in the loss.

Ivey said his bad throw kicked off the fu­ri­ous fourth and the Cats couldn’t re­cover, de­spite get­ting three runs dur­ing the fi­nal two in­nings.

“My er­ror kind of started things off and things got out of hand. We just couldn’t stop the bleed­ing,” said Ivey. “We hit some balls hard tonight, but they just didn’t fall in. (Char­lot­te­town) was bet­ter than us tonight.”

Larkin fin­ished game 3-for-3, in­clud­ing a triple, two runs scored and a stolen base. Cor­co­ran added a sec­ond RBI in the sixth in­ning.

Pat Godin was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead Monc­ton’s at­tack.

Char­lot­te­town is off un­til July 18 when it hosts a dou­ble­header with the Saint John Alpines. Game 1 start time is 2 p.m. at Me­mo­rial Field.

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Mor­gan Ma­cLean hits an RBI sin­gle dur­ing the Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders big fourth in­ning Tues­day against the Monc­ton Fisher Cats.


Monc­ton Fisher Cats coach Scott McWil­liam ar­gues a Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders run­ner did not tag up to score on a fly ball dur­ing Tues­day’s game in Char­lot­te­town. Home plate um­pire Jeff Brine dis­agreed and ejected McWil­liam from the game.

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