Hot hit­ters

Hav­ing four hit­ters in the league’s top 10 makes the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders a le­git­i­mate cham­pi­onship con­tender

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Morell din­ner Celebrity watch On the track Fred Mac­Don­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com.

The Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders play Saint John to­day in a New Brunswick se­nior league dou­ble­header that gets un­der­way at 2 p.m. at Me­mo­rial Field.

The Is­lan­ders (12-7) trail first-place Fred­er­ic­ton (15-6) with Monc­ton (9-7), Chatham (9-10) and Saint John (3-18) round­ing out the stand­ings.

The Is­lan­ders have four hit­ters in the top 10 - Sean Cor­co­ran (.386), Dil­lon Doucette (.385), Dy­lan McKenna (.365) and Mor­gan Ma­cLean (.361) while three of their start­ing pitch­ers are among the tops in wins and ERA, with Jor­dan Steven­son at 5-0 (ERA, 2.24), Jake Beck 3-2 (ERA, 2.02) and Brody Mac­Don­ald 2-1 (ERA, 1.80), which tells me this club is a le­git­i­mate cham­pi­onship con­tender.

Don’t for­get about the an­nual golf tour­na­ment in sup­port of the Is­lan­ders at Avon­dale on Tues­day, Aug. 25. It starts at 1 p.m. and in­cludes golf, a cart and a steak at $400 per team.

Con­tact Is­land of­fi­cials at the ball­park to­day or Tues­day night at Me­mo­rial Field when the Is­lan­ders play Monc­ton in a makeup game.

Ex-Blue Jays and Ex­pos out­fielder Al Woods is the guest speaker at the Morell Sports­men’s Din­ner tonight.

Al couldn’t find Lefty O’Doul’s steak house in his home­town of San Fran­cisco when I was there two years ago, so I doubt he’ll find tonight’s lo­ca­tion all by him­self.

Hav­ing Mike ‘Pin­ball’ Cle­ments as guest speaker capped off a great evening of en­ter­tain­ment at the re­cent Char­lot­te­town Boys and Girls Club char­ity din­ner in Summerside.

Hockey greats like Guy Lafleur, Ray Bourque, Ger­ard Gallant, Er­rol Thompson, Bill MacMil­lan, Al Iafrate, Olympian stand­out Heather Moyse and Spe­cial Olympics track and field star Jeremy Wall were among the celebri­ties.

Ex-Blue Jack­ets game an­nouncer Ge­orge Matthews or­ches­trated the show, which went off like clockwork. There are not many game an­nounc­ers bet­ter than Ge­orge, a class chap.

At Thurs­day’s celebrity tour­na­ment at Belvedere Golf Course in Char­lot­te­town, a pre­lude to Fri­day’s Boys and Girls Club Char­ity golf tour­na­ment, Dr. Bill Stan­ish’s team of Gordie Cox, Tex Mac­Don­ald and Paul “Jig­ger” An­drea shot the lights out.

Stan­ish’s team of doc­tors from Hal­i­fax are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons but no word on Fri­day re­sults at press time.

The strong­est field ever as­sem­bled for the $22,000 Gover­nor’s Plate, Summerside’s sig­na­ture race goes tonight and it pulls down the cur­tain on Summerside Race­way’s week of har­ness rac­ing in dra­matic fash­ion.

Un­like pre­vi­ous years, tonight’s field is strong. Just about ev­ery horse has a le­git­i­mate chance to win this big race with a lit­tle luck.

What makes tonight’s race so in­ter­est­ing is that Big Surf, who equalled the track record of 1:53 in his elim­i­na­tion win, has drawn Post 7 and All Tu­rain, who won last fall in 1:52 and change on the Is­land, has the ex­treme out­side post.

DG’s Camme, cur­rently the hottest horse in the re­gion has Post 5 while The Rev who won three weeks ago in 1:50 flat at Mo­hawk has Post 2.

Summerside-based driver Terry Gallant, who was robbed of the Gover­nor’s Plate last year, gets the driv­ing as­sign­ment on R Caan (post po­si­tion No. 4) for owner Rene Al­lard who would like noth­ing bet­ter than adding the Gover­nor’s Plate to his tro­phy room in Penn­syl­va­nia.

The $8,200 Open Mares fi­nal goes in Race 12 and Alby Cur­ran’s Wil­low War­rior has the rail but, again, the field is wide open with the likes of Dirt Track Momma, For All We Know, Ram­blinglily and four oth­ers.

The North Amer­i­can spotlight is on the $750,000 Mead­ow­lands Pace tonight where Wig­gleit Jig­gle It looms as the heavy favourite against many of the best three year olds in the world.

At Yonkers Race­way, Mark Mac­Don­ald han­dles Lu­can Hanover for trainer Casie Coleman, which is an in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion.

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