SLIDE CON­TIN­UES

Is­lan­ders drop 9-4 de­ci­sion for eighth loss in nine games.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Monc­ton Fisher Cats are play­ing their best base­ball of the sea­son.

The Fisher Cats ex­tended their New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League winning streak to five games with a 9-4 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders on Wed­nes­day at Ki­wa­nis Park.

Monc­ton im­proved its record to 7-6 and moved into sole pos­ses­sion of third place in the fiveteam league.

All nine Fisher Cats bat­ters col­lected at least one hit. They fin­ished with 15 hits in all against Is­lan­ders pitch­ers Colin Arse­nault and Brady Arse­nault.

Ore­gon im­port Paul Raglione went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the Monc­ton of­fence with a dou­ble and three sin­gles. He drove in two runs and scored three times.

Serge Vau­tour added a pair of hits, in­clud­ing a home run, and two runs bat­ted in and Sam Lund went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases in the vic­tory.

Fisher Cats start­ing pitcher Juan Or­tiz (2-0) worked 4 1/3 in­nings to get the win on the mound - al­low­ing three runs on six hits — be­fore Glenn Marks came on in re­lief.

Colin Arse­nault (1-2) started for the Is­lan­ders and was charged with five runs on six hits over three in­nings.

Jor­dan Stevenson and Tay­lor Larkin each had three hits, with Stevenson driv­ing in two runs and Larkin scor­ing twice for Char­lot­te­town, which oc­cu­pies the league base­ment at 3-12 and has dropped eight of its last nine games.

Monc­ton struck for a pair of runs in the sec­ond in­ning to get on the board first, with Raglione de­liv­er­ing a run-scor­ing dou­ble and Tyler Walchuck cash­ing in an­other with a sin­gle.

Larkin cut the Is­lan­ders’ deficit to 2-1 with an RBI dou­ble in the top of the third, but the Fisher Cats an­swered in the bot­tom half of the in­ning.

Vau­tour belted a solo home run off Colin Arse­nault, and then later in the frame, a pair of Char­lot­te­town throw­ing er­rors led to two more Monc­ton runs for a 5-1 lead.

Af­ter the teams ex­changed runs in the fourth in­ning, the Is­lan­ders looked like they might be able to get back into the game in the top of the fifth.

A run-scor­ing sin­gle by Stevenson cut the lead to 6-3 and ended Or­tiz’s evening on the mound.

TANYA EVERETT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders’ Jesse Mac­In­tyre con­nects with the ball dur­ing the first in­ning of a New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League game against the Monc­ton Fisher Cats Wed­nes­day evening at Ki­wa­nis Park in Monc­ton.

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