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