Base­ball and new kids on the block

Se­nior Is­landers hit the di­a­mond at home on Satur­day, young Is­land ath­letes are mak­ing waves

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

The resur­gent Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­landers are at home base at Memo­rial Field on Satur­day, at 2 p.m., in New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League play against Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als.

It’s the first of a dou­ble­header against the sec­ond-best hit­ting team in the league (.280).

The Is­landers split two games al­ready this week, win­ning 5-1 in Char­lot­te­town over the Monc­ton Fisher Cats due in large part of lefty Brody Mc­Don­ald’s one-hit­ter, and los­ing 3-0 on the road to the Chatham Iron­men af­ter a fine pitch­ing ef­fort by Jake Beck.

Mc­Don­ald’s vic­tory his first of the sea­son although his earned run av­er­age of 2.30 is third best in the league. Is­landers’ ace righty Jor­dan Steven­son will start one of the games Satur­day, and he not only leads the loop in wins (5), but he’s hit­ting .400 – third best at 26-for-69, with a pair of home runs.

Is­landers gen­eral man­ager Peter Mac­Don­ald has in­formed us that the golf fundraiser in sup­port of the Char­lot­te­town Base­ball Is­landers is set for Fri­day, Aug. 11, at Avon­dale Golf Course.

The tour­na­ment is the Is­landers’ only ma­jor fundraiser, and base­ball fans that are golfers should take in this event. Cost is $400 per four-player team, and in­cludes 18 holes, power carts, steak din­ners and door prizes.

To reg­is­ter, or en­ter a team, please con­tact Mikeal Thomas at 902-439-6992, or email jmikealthomas@gmail.com.

The Summerside mos­quito AAA team eas­ily downed Saint John last Sun­day at City Di­a­mond in the cham­pi­onship game of the an­nual Jimmy Fid­dler Memo­rial tour­na­ment.

The host Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­landers and East­ern Ex­press (Cardi­gan) were both 3-0, but lost semi­fi­nal games, set­ting the stage for the Summerside and Saint John fi­nale.

Cap­i­tal Dis­trict head coach K.J. White was very pleased with the young team, and in­sists

he’ll be back next sum­mer. Like the Blue Jays, it’s “wait ’til next year.”

New Kids on the Block

In golf, Char­lot­te­town’s Tyler Hashmi, 17, posted rounds of 76, 77 and 71 last week­end at the Fu­ture Links At­lantic ju­nior cham­pi­onships in Clare, N.S., and earned the right to rep­re­sent P.E.I. at the Cana­dian ju­nior cham­pi­onships, which start Mon­day in Kingston, Ont.

It also earned Tyler the right to rep­re­sent P.E.I. at the Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg, Man. He’ll join Nine Mile Creek’s Alex Tay­lor, who plays out of Coun­tryview Golf Club, and Ja­son Po­ley of Char­lot­te­town, who like Hashmi plays out of the Belvedere Golf Club.

Tyler has a golf pedi­gree as his dad Yousef Hashmi was a very good golfer, and rep­re­sented P.E.I. at the Cana­dian Mid-Am­a­teur on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

In bas­ket­ball, Char­lot­te­town’s Syd­ney Strain, 14, poured in 36 points in a los­ing cause as New­found­land and Labrador dumped P.E.I. 60-48 last

week­end in Saint John, N.B., at the Sum­merFest un­der-14 girls’ At­lantic tour­na­ment. Syd­ney had 23 points at the half. She is the daugh­ter of Paul Strain, one of the bet­ter hand­i­cap­pers at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

Evan Nause, 14, may not be a name fa­mil­iar with the lo­cal hockey crowd, but re­mem­ber the name.

I had a chat with Evan and his life and hockey coach Alan An­drews last Satur­day at the Fid­dler base­ball tour­na­ment, and he is an im­pres­sive young man.

Nause is headed to the Notre Dame ma­jor midget camp this fall. When Alan says, “this is a spe­cial player,” that’s good enough for me.

The An­drews hockey school is one of the best de­vel­op­ment camps in the world, at­tract­ing young­sters from 20 coun­tries and 27 states.

It will be in­ter­est­ing fol­low­ing these three we’ll call new kids on the block.

Har­ness rac­ing

Live har­ness rac­ing con­tin­ues at 6 p.m. Satur­day at the city

track, with a 14-dash card.

Highly re­garded DGs Camme makes his de­but in the $2,400 top class in Race 13, and it in a tough spot with the likes of For­ever Par­adise, Jeb, Ad­kins Hanover, Elm Grove Ka­boom, Machinthe­sand, Ea­gle Jolt, Painted Desert and In­stant Shadow.

Young Ryan Des­roche, Marc Camp­bell’s right hand man, who posted his first ca­reer hat trick last Sun­day at Summerside Race­way, drives Painted Desert in the fea­ture against Camp­bell (Ea­gle Jolt), who is far and away the lead­ing dash-win­ning driver in the Mar­itimes with 108 wins.

Also on the card is high­lyre­garded two-year-old Mon­tys Play, who won last Thurs­day at Truro in 1:59 for own­ers Wayne MacRae of Bloom­ing­wood Farms and driver-trainer Gilles Bar­rieau.

On the topic of hot train­ers, Tom Weather­bie has been hold­ing a hot hand with a num­ber of top colts from his barn. Half Cut, a two-year-old from the first crop of Stone­bridge Ter­ror, took a new record of 1:58:4 in win­ning ASS at Truro last

week for own­ers Mike Cur­rie and his Cardi­gan syn­di­cate of Kyle and Joe Gard­ner and Jerry MacKin­non.

The week pre­vi­ous, Weather­bie-trained Com­plete Player han­dled the best sopho­more colts in the re­gion as Player stepped to a life­time best of 1:53:3 for owner David Kennedy.

Dr. Ian Moore’s Percy Bluechip (by Shadow Play) may just be the best two-year-old filly in North Amer­ica as she raced to a Cana­dian record 1:51 in her de­but. She won her $96,400 last Mon­day at Mo­hawk while James Mac­Don­ald took the other $96,400 stake with trainer Scott McE­neny’s Big Thong (by Big Jim) in 1:52:1.

The $400,000 Adios goes Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Mead­ows. Blood Line (Mark Mac­Don­ald), who was beaten a neck last Satur­day by Huntsville, drew the out­side Post 8, with Fear the Dragon and Hun­stville in­side.

SUB­MIT­TED

The Cap­i­tal Dis­trict Is­landers mos­quito AAA base­ball team hoist its ban­ner at the open­ing cer­e­monies of the re­cent Fid­dler Mac­Don­ald Memo­rial tour­na­ment. The host squad reached the semi­fi­nals. Pic­tured are, front row, from left, Thatcher Hughes and Connor Row­ell. Mid­dle row, from left, are Cameron San­der­son, Nick MacNeill, Kyler Vaive, Jack Burke, Seth Gau­thier, Charles Audet, Jack MacKin­non, Wil White, Owen Mur­phy and Kay­den Kelly. Back row, from left, are Socky Mac­Don­ald, coach; Phil MacKin­non, coach; Sput Mac­Don­ald, coach; K.J. White, coach; Mike Mur­phy, coach; John Burke and Freddy Mac­Don­ald.

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