Bat­tling for Fid­dler ti­tle

Twelve mosquito AAA teams from the Mar­itimes are play­ing in Char­lot­te­town this week­end

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fred MacDon­ald Fred MacDon­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached a fid­dlers­facts@hot­mail.com.

The 13th an­nual Jimmy (Fid­dler) MacDon­ald Me­mo­rial Base­ball Tour­na­ment got un­der­way Fri­day in Char­lot­te­town and con­tin­ues through­out the week­end with the cham­pi­onship game set for Sun­day af­ter­noon at Vic­to­ria Park.

The tour­na­ment, named in hon­our of the hall of fame pitch­ing stand­out from the 1930s, has at­tracted 12 of the best mosquito AAA teams from this re­gion, in­clud­ing four from Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The East­ern Ex­press, han­dled by Dar­ren MacEach­ern, is in first place in the Is­land league and is the top-seeded P.E.I. team while the Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­lan­ders (6-3) are next. K.J. White, Jack (Poochie) Burke and Mike Mur­phy coach the Is­lan­ders while the other P.E.I. teams are the Corn­wall Cougars and Summerside Chevys.

There are four teams from both New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia in the event with the semi­fi­nals set for 12:45 p.m. on Sun­day at City Di­a­mond and Ki­wa­nis Field. The win­ners ad­vance to the 3 p.m. cham­pi­onship game at City Di­a­mond.

In other base­ball ac­tion to­day, the Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders host Saint John in a se­nior league dou­ble-header at Me­mo­rial Field with the first game start­ing at 2 p.m.

The Is­lan­ders will likely start Brody McDon­ald and Jordan Steven­son, two of the best pitch­ers in the league, as well as the Is­lan­ders two best hit­ters.

Saint John ace Jack Shan­non has fanned 67 in 43 in­nings with an 0.41 ERA. The Port City’s other ace, Shaun O’Toole, is 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA, which tells me if th­ese four pitch­ers are all in ac­tion, runs will be hard to come by.

You can watch the big Is­lan­ders and the lit­tle Is­lan­ders to­day at Vic­to­ria Park.

Golf

The Mar­itime NHLers for Kids, a fundrais­ing project started by NHL coach and Mar­itime na­tive Rick Bow­ness 18 years ago, re­turns to P.E.I. next week for two big days.

On Wed­nes­day night, there’s a big gala din­ner at the Delta in Char­lot­te­town with what is termed a Forbes Kennedy Trib­ute Din­ner. For­bie’s best NHL days came in his years with Boston Bru­ins and Philadelphia Fly­ers in the 1960s al­though he had stints with Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kennedy jumped right into the NHL af­ter his ju­nior ca­reer with the Mon­treal Ju­nior Cana­di­ens, a rar­ity in the 1950s and 1960s. His long­time Bru­ins team­mate, goal­tender Ed John­ston, now an ex­ec­u­tive with the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins, is com­ing in for the event and his sto­ries alone should make for a great evening. The fundraiser con­cludes on Thurs­day with the golf tour­na­ment at Crow­bush.

On the topic of golf and big names, Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant is out for maybe a week with an in­jured fin­ger. His cousin Greg Bryant, who re­sides in the Fort Au­gus­tus area, fired a 68 to earn the spot­light Wed­nes­day at Avon­dale.

Ge­orge MacGuigan, who is home from Fort McMur­ray, fired a neat 73 over the same Ver­non River course early this week. Ge­orge hit 18 fair­ways – not bad for the sec­ond out­ing of the sum­mer.

Harness rac­ing

Live harness rac­ing con­tin­ues tonight at 6 p.m. in Char­lot­te­town with a 12-dash card.

The $2,250 open mares goes in Race 11 with Dixie Lul­laby in from Mo­hawk, but with the out­side post. The $2,400 top class has Give Em Heck and Smiley Bayama leav­ing from 1-2 in a tough group, which in­cludes In­vic­tus Hanover, Jeb and Ea­gle Jolt.

Grand Cir­cuit Week near Truro, N.S., con­tin­ues tonight with the $7,500 Nova Sco­tia Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup where five horses go be­hind the start­ing gate. They are His Boy El­roy, Crom­bie A, Juneb­ugs Baby, Hot Deuce and Good Fri­day Three. The cur­tain comes down on the big week Sun­day with the Stan­field stakes and with the On­tario ver­sus Truro driv­ers chal­lenge.

Con­grats to those con­nected to last Satur­day’s Gov­er­nors Plate win­ner, Do Over Hanover, on their big win right in their own home­town. Kens­ing­ton’s Matt MacKay, Ja­son Rice and Blaine Thibeau are among a big group, in­clud­ing young Steve MacRae and Rene Al­lard, which bought Do Over Hanover to win the $22,000 Gov­er­nors Plate.

This is a form of frac­tional own­er­ship and why it be so good for our game. Do Over Hanover is a le­git­i­mate Gold Cup and Saucer con­tender and the boys are liv­ing the dream.

Danc­ing at Mid­land, a twoyear-old by A Rock­n­roll Dance from The Sta­ble.Ca group with own­er­ship here in the prov­ince was sec­ond in 1:52:4 in a $20,000 stake race Wed­nes­day at The Mead­ows.

The Adios elim­i­na­tion go this af­ter­noon, also at the Mead­ows, and the big boys are there, in­clud­ing Huntsville, Miso Fast, Fear the Dragon, Blood Line (Mark MacDon­ald).

At Saratoga tonight, Sin­tra, fresh of a 1:47:2 win for Jody Jamieson, meets top in­vi­ta­tional pac­ers like Key­stone Ve­loc­ity, Some­where in LA, Clear Vi­sion (Mark MacDon­ald) in the $260,000 Joe Ger­rity Jr Me­mo­rial.

The Mar­itime harness com­mu­nity was sad­dened to hear of the pass­ing ear­lier this week of pop­u­lar and prom­i­nent breeder Bob Gordon of Elms­dale, the mas­ter of Elm Grove Farms, which pro­duced many Mar­itime cham­pi­ons. My con­do­lences to all con­nected to this gen­tle­man.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Ma­son Power, of the East­ern Ex­press, slides in safely af­ter a de­lay steal of home dur­ing Fri­day’s open­ing game of the Jimmy (Fid­dler) MacDon­ald Me­mo­rial Base­ball tour­na­ment at Ki­wa­nis Field in Char­lot­te­town. More pho­tos on­line at www.the­guardian.pe.ca. Re­sults and sched­ule, B2.

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