Se­nior base­ball

Is­lan­ders pitcher lim­its Monc­ton to two hits in com­plete-game shutout

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

Is­lan­ders were on the road in Monc­ton Wed­nes­day night

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders pitcher Ja­cob Beck threw a gem in a New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League vic­tory over the Monc­ton Fisher Cats on Wed­nes­day night.

Beck tossed a com­plete-game two-hit shutout as the vis­it­ing Is­lan­ders edged the Fisher Cats 10 at Ki­wa­nis Park.

Sean Cor­co­ran sin­gled home the game’s only run in the top of the sixth in­ning to lift Char­lot­te­town to the vic­tory.

The Is­lan­ders im­proved their sec­ond-place record to 15-9, one-and-a-half games ahead of the third-place Fisher Cats (129).

Char­lot­te­town has won seven of its last nine games while Monc­ton has won six of its last out­ings.

Beck (4-2) was mas­ter­ful on the mound.

He only gave up a sin­gle to Kevin Basque in the fourth in­ning and a sin­gle to Mike Ivey in the sev­enth in­ning.

Beck, who struck out two bat­ters and walked two over seven in­nings, lim­ited the Fisher Cats to only five baserun­ners on the evening.

He got the up­per hand over Monc­ton coun­ter­part Justin Cormier, who was the hard-luck loser on the mound.

Cormier (3-2) went the dis­tance and al­lowed seven hits, but only one run. He fin­ished with five strike­outs and no walks in seven in­nings.

Cormier had re­tired 11 straight bat­ters un­til he got into trou­ble with two outs in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning. He struck out Mor­gan Ma­cLean and in­duced a ground­ball out from An­drew Mac­don­ald, but then Dil­lon Doucette belted an of­fer­ing off the left-field wall for a dou­ble.

Doucette ad­vanced to third base on a wild pitch and was then cashed in on Cor­co­ran’s sin­gle to right field for the only run the Is­lan­ders would need.

Beck re­tired the side in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning and then closed out the game in the bot­tom of the sev­enth. He got ground­ball outs from New Hamp­shire im­port Mike Bis­ceglia and An­drew Rinzler, be­fore Ivey sin­gled to right field for only Monc­ton’s sec­ond hit of the night.

Josh Dewitt then hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

The Fisher Cats host the Saint John Alpines on Thurs­day at 7:30 p.m. at Ki­wa­nis Park.

The Fisher Cats and Is­lan­ders meet again on Sun­day at 7 p.m. in Monc­ton.

The Chatham Iron­men re­turn to ac­tion with a trip to face the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als on Fri­day night.

GUARDIAN PHOTO

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders pitcher Ja­cob Beck tossed a com­plete-game, twohit shutout as the vis­it­ing Is­lan­ders edged the Fisher Cats 1-0 in New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League ac­tion Wed­nes­day in Monc­ton.

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