Un­earned runs costly

Ju­nior Is­landers make five er­rors in loss to Saint John

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­landers went 1-3 dur­ing week­end home games in New Brunswick Ju­nior Base­ball League ac­tion.

The Is­landers (14-6) have four reg­u­lar sea­son games re­main­ing and they are all on the road. They head to Monc­ton Satur­day to play a dou­ble­header with the first-place Metro Mud­cats af­ter be­ing swept by them Satur­day in Char­lot­te­town.

Sun­day

Porter Smith pitched a com­plete game three-hit­ter as P.E.I. de­feated the Saint John Alpines 9-2 in Game 1 of Sun­day’s dou­ble­header in Sum­mer­side.

Lo­gan Gal­lant had four hits and Bran­don Watts added three more off of starter Matt Na­son.

In Game 2, Na­son’s twin brother, Ryan, threw seven solid in­nings for Saint John in a 6-1 win.

Na­son over­came five er­rors be­hind him while sur­ren­der­ing seven hits.

P.E.I. starter Spencer Horne was also vic­tim­ized by his de­fence, which com­mit­ted five er­rors lead­ing to five un­earned runs. Horne al­lowed seven hits and struck out six.

Aaron Fournier and R.J. Os­man each had two hits for the vis­i­tors.

Watts had two hits for P.E.I.

Satur­day

The Is­landers lost two six-in­ning leads in Satur­day’s dou­ble­header in Char­lot­te­town to the Mud­cats in a bat­tle of the league lead­ers.

Metro im­proved to 13-2. Shawn Bart­ley’s two-run triple in the top of six gave Metro a 3-1 win in the opener.

Starter Jesse Malone (Monc­ton) and Johnny Arse­nault (P.E.I.) had been locked in a pitch­ers dual through five with P.E.I. hold­ing a 1-0 lead.

Arse­nault went the dis­tance, al­low­ing five hits and strik­ing out four. Malone pitched into the sev­enth un­til Dom Tardiff got the save in the game, which ended on an in­ter­fer­ence call as Ryne MacIsaac tried to pre­vent a dou­ble play from be­ing turned.

Con­nor McGre­gor and Eli­jah Hood started the Is­landers sev­enth-in­ning rally with sin­gles to turn the lineup over. J.J. Oram flew out to cen­tre be­fore MacIsaac sin­gled to load the bases. Darcy Af­fleck grounded out to sec­ond base to end the rally.

MacIsaac had two hits for P.E.I., which jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Oram and Af­fleck each added hits for the home side while De­clan Buckel had two hits for Metro.

P.E.I., be­hind starter Brett Hicken, took a 2-1 lead into sixth in­ning of Game 2 un­til Metro pushed across two runs in each of the sixth and sev­enth for a 5-2 win.

MacIsaac singed and reached base four times for P.E.I. while Arse­nault, Af­fleck, Gal­lant and McGre­gor each had a sin­gle hit.

Jeremie Arse­nau paced Metro with three hits whole Dy­lan Lo­gan and Shaun Bart­ley each had two.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­landers sec­ond base­man Ryne MacIsaac turns to throw to first for an out on a play up the mid­dle Satur­day at Me­mo­rial Field.

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