MacLean flirts with no-hit­ter

P.E.I. ju­nior team com­pletes reg­u­lar sea­son

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

For the sec­ond time in a week, Jay­den MacLean flirted with a no-hit­ter for the P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­lan­ders.

With the Is­lan­ders hold­ing a 2-0 lead, the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als’ Ali Banks hit a lead­off sin­gle in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning to spoil MacLean’s no-hit bid in the sec­ond game of a New Brunswick Ju­nior Base­ball League dou­ble­header at Roy­als Field.

The Roy­als, who won the opener 6-4, would score once, but Brett Hicken came on in re­lief to strike out the side in the seventh in­ning and earn the save in a 2-1 win.

Both teams have now com­pleted reg­u­lar-sea­son play, and will meet again in the play­offs in two weeks. The Is­lan­ders, who fin­ished in sec­ond place at 16-8 (won-lost), will have home-field ad­van­tage in the best-of-five semi­fi­nal series. The Roy­als (913) fin­ished in third place.

The first-place Metro Mud­cats will face the win­ner of the best-of-three quar­ter-fi­nal series be­tween Saint John and Chatham in the other semi­fi­nal.

Is­lan­ders 2 Roy­als 1

P.E.I. staked MacLean to an early 2-0 lead as Con­nor McGre­gor’s run-scor­ing sin­gle and an RBI ground out by Eli­jah Hood scored both runs in the top of the sec­ond in­ning. McGre­gor and Darcy Af­fleck each had two hits for the Is­lan­ders.

Ryan Horni­brook took the pitch­ing loss as MacLean and Hicken held Fred­er­ic­ton to just two hits.

Roy­als 6 Is­lan­ders 4

In Game 1, Dan Ber­trand’s walk-off two-run shot gave the Roy­als the open­ing-game win.

P.E.I. starter Spencer Horne was again vic­tim­ized by shoddy de­fence as he gave up four un­earned runs while sur­ren­der­ing nine hits and fan­ning four.

Ber­trand also tossed three in­nings of shutout re­lief to earn the win on the mound.

Solo homers from Af­fleck and Ri­ley Gal­lant, who had two hits, gave the Is­lan­ders a 2-1 lead go­ing into the fifth in­ning. Hood, Bran­don Watts and Ryne MacIsaac also added hits for the Char­lot­te­town-based P.E.I. squad.

Corey Oulette and Ryan Dick­son each had a pair of hits for Fred­er­ic­ton.

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