BIG FIFTH LEADS TO WIN

Is­lan­ders de­feat Fisher Cats 5-1 in NBSBL ac­tion Tues­day in Char­lot­te­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHARLES REID

Four runs in any in­ning is a good thing and even bet­ter if it se­cures a win.

The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders did just that with a four-spot against the Monc­ton Fisher Cats in the fifth in­ning and, with the help of Brody McDon­ald’s com­pletegame, one-hit­ter, notched a 5-1 vic­tory on home turf at Me­mo­rial Field.

Char­lot­te­town nabbed its eighth win ver­sus 16 losses in the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League, while Monc­ton fell to 12-11.

Isles catcher Grant Grady col­lected a sec­ond RBI sin­gle in the fifth on Monc­ton starter Sam Lund and added a stolen base, while Jeremy MacKin­non knocked out an RBI triple (prov­ing to be the win­ning run) in the frame and later scored.

For Grady, whose first RBI came in the first in­ning, said the big stanza was more a mat­ter of pa­tience than a tir­ing op­pos­ing pitcher.

“(Lund) was still throw­ing well. We just had the strat­egy to not do to much, move the run­ners along and not worry about get­ting two or three runs with one hit,” said Grady. “Brody McDon­ald pitched ex­tremely well and ev­ery­body was hit­ting the ball.”

Char­lot­te­town took a 1-0 edge af­ter the first on three hits and Grady’s RBI, then Lund set­tled and mowed through the Isles lineup for four strike­outs, in­clud­ing three in the third frame.

Lund helped his own cause with an RBI sin­gle in the fifth and tied the game 1-1, but that was as close as Monc­ton could get as McDon­ald threw con­sec­u­tive three-up, three-down in­nings in the sixth and sev­enth.

Lund, who tossed five Ks and walked three over five in­nings, said his stuff seemed good but the Isles bat were bet­ter.

“I thought I made some good pitches, but they just hit the ball in spots we weren’t. Give it to them, they hit the ball well,” said Lund. “It’s good we’re right back at it (Wed­nes­day). It’s a new game, a new day. Try and for­get about it a move on.”

Lund fell to 4-3, while McDon­ald (1-4-1) strike­out five, walked two and earned his first win of the sea­son. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Other RBIs went to Jor­dan Duffy and Spencer Mont­gomery. Tay­lor Larkin’s lone hit was a triple in the sec­ond in­ning.

Monc­ton hosts the Chatham Iron­men on Wed­nes­day. The Is­lan­ders travel to Chatham for a game Thurs­day (7:30 p.m.)

CHARLES REID/THE GUARDIAN

Brady Arse­nault of the Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders watches a called third strike ver­sus the Monc­ton Fisher Cats in New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League ac­tion Tues­day in Char­lot­te­town.

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