Tun­ing up for play­offs

Ju­nior Is­lan­ders’ post-sea­son spot locked in head­ing into fi­nal week­end

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

With the P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­lan­ders play­off spot set, the New Brunswick Ju­nior Base­ball League squad looks to tighten things up for the post-sea­son with a sea­son-end­ing dou­ble­header to­day ver­sus the

Roy­als in Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B.

Game 1 starts at noon.

The Metro Mud­cats (17-3) clinched first place last week with a 1-0 win over P.E.I., putting the Is­lan­ders (15-7) three games back and lock­ing it into sec­ond place.

The teams could fin­ish tied at 17-7, but Metro has the head-to­head edge af­ter win­ning fourof-six meet­ings this sea­son.

P.E.I.’s Darcy Af­fleck and Fred­er­ic­ton’s Daniel Ber­trand are tied for the league-lead in home runs with three, while the Is­lan­ders Ri­ley Gal­lant leads the league with 20 RBIs and has a team-best .538 bat­ting av­er­age.

Third-, fourth- and fifth-place in the stand­ings are up for grabs as just three games sep­a­rate Fred­er­ic­ton, the Saint John Ju­nior Alpines and the Chatham Iron­men.

On Sun­day, the Alpines host the Iron­men for a dou­ble-dip be­gin­ning at 2 p.m.

The reg­u­lar sea­son is sched­uled to end Thurs­day, July 27, when Metro hosts Chatham.

Gal­lant

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