Islanders in tough again hard-hitting Royals
Pitching and defence will be paramount for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders, when the squad hosts the Fredericton Royals for a doubleheader Saturday in Charlottetown.
Game 1 start time is 2 p.m. at Memorial Field, and while the fourth-place Royals (11-12) are four games up on the fifth-place Islanders in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League standings, the visitors have scored the second-most runs in the league (108) and have the second-highest team batting average (.280).
Charlottetown (8-17), meanwhile, is last in runs scored with 72 and last in average at .226, although its much improved offence in the second half has averaged over four runs per game since July 1.
That said, the league-leading Chatham Ironmen shut out the Isles 3-0 on Thursday in Chatham on a two-hitter Ronnie Dickson. Grant Grady and Taylor Larkin had the Charlottetown hits.
Charlottetown starter Jacob Beck went the distance in the loss, surrendering nine hits, including a home run by Jeff Watkin and striking out four.
Saturday, the Isles have Jordan Stevenson (5-3, 2.88 ERA) and Brody McDonald (1-4-1, 2.30 ERA) available for starting pitchers. Stevenson leads the league in wins, and is fourth overall in earned run average. McDonald’s ERA is third overall.
And there is hope, and good defence, for the Islanders, which has given up a third-best 97 runs versus Fredericton’s 118 runs against.
At the plate, Fredericton sports power hitter Mike Washburn, whose six homers and 17 RBIs lead the league in both categories. Washburn also a second-best .426 batting average. Teammate Dave Barr isn’t far behind with a .400 average, two four-baggers and nine RBIs.
Stevenson paces the Isles with a .377 average, two homers and 13 RBIs while Jordan Duffy is hitting at a
Tuesday, the Isles host the Moncton Fisher Cats for an early-week tussle rescheduled from June 20.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.