Lin­ing up left­ies

Is­lan­ders have two south­paws ready for tonight’s game with Monc­ton

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON MAL­LOY se­nior­base­ballnb.com

The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders put their six-game win streak on the line at home tonight against the Monc­ton Fisher Cats.

Game time for the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League con­test is 7:30 p.m. at Me­mo­rial Field.

Dan O’Shea gets his first start since no-hit­ting the Saint John Alpines on July 4.

“I held Dan back last week­end be­cause he’s left-handed and Monc­ton has a lot of good left­handed sticks,” Is­lan­ders coach Keith Craswell said Mon­day.

South-paw Brody McDon­ald, who threw an in­ning dur­ing Satur­day’s dou­ble­header, is also avail­able.

“We’re go­ing to set up two left­ies for them to­mor­row and see where that gets us.”

While the Isles swept the Alpines on Satur­day, the 10-day break ap­peared to im­pact their of­fence. They only had one hit in Game 1 and won the sec­ond game in the bot­tom of the sev­enth.

“We have to be bet­ter than we were last week­end, although we put some balls in play hard,” Craswell said.

He said there was some rusti­ness, lead­ing to guys start­ing to press and swing at bad pitches in the first game. He said he was pleased with the im­prove­ment as the day pro­gressed.

“You’ve got to win the ugly games too,” he said. “We toughed it out. We only had one hit and we ended up with a vic­tory, so as a coach you have to be pretty happy.”

Craswell said he is pleased with the pro­duc­tion from pla­toon play­ers at the bot­tom of the lineup.

“Ev­ery time they’re in there, they’re chip­ping in.”

The Is­lan­ders (14-7) are in a vir­tual tie with the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als (15-8) for first place while Monc­ton (10-7) is third.

Char­lot­te­town trav­els to Fred­er­ic­ton for a po­ten­tial first­place show­down Satur­day, but those two games will have to wait.

“To­mor­row is the next game in front of us and that’s the one we have to win,” Craswell said. “Monc­ton is tough and they’re on a roll as well.”

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