Islanders score four in big inning to declaw Fisher Cats
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.