First-place show­down

Is­lan­ders travel to Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B., to­day to play Roy­als

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE GUARDIAN

First place will be on the line to­day when the Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders play the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als.

The dou­ble­header be­gins at 4 p.m. in the New Brunswick cap­i­tal. This will be the teams’ fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son matchup of the year af­ter split­ting the first six games.

“They’re go­ing to be big games for us,” Char­lot­te­town coach Keith Craswell said Fri­day af­ter­noon. “We’d re­ally like to get those two games to­mor­row.”

Fred­er­ic­ton (16-8) had a half a game lead on Char­lot­te­town (14-7) be­fore play­ing the Fisher Cats Fri­day night in Monc­ton. Re­sults were un­avail­able.

Brody McDon­ald (3-1, 1.77 earned-run av­er­age) and Jor­dan Steven­son (6-0, 2.06 earned-run av­er­age) will start to­day for the Isles, but the or­der had not been de­cided Fri­day.

Craswell said Ja­cob Beck and Dan O’Shea are not avail­able for to­day’s games, but the team can turn to Dy­lan Beck, Tyson Blue and Tay­lor Larkin, if needed on the mound.

Play­ing in Fred­er­ic­ton causes vis­it­ing teams to make ad­just­ments with the fences 303 feet away from home plate down both lines at Roy­als Field. By com­par­i­son, Me­mo­rial Field is 320 feet down the lines.

Craswell said the shorter di­men­sions in Fred­er­ic­ton can lead to more home runs, but also re­sults in out­field­ers play­ing deeper to take away gaps.

Char­lot­te­town has a six-game win streak on the line to­day. Craswell said his team’s hit­ters have swung the bats bet­ter re­cently af­ter a slow start from a 10-day lay­off.

“We’ve seen ev­ery­body four, five, six times now and pitch­ers are start­ing to pitch them a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” he said. “They’re go­ing to have to start mak­ing a few ad­just­ments and I’m sure they will.”

Is­lan­ders play seven games over the next nine days.

“It’s go­ing to be a busy week for the guys, but we’ll worry about to­mor­row and worry about next week when we get there,” Craswell said.

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