Relying on the offence
Charlottetown junior baseball club opens playoffs today at Memorial Field
Dave MacIsaac’s Charlottetown junior baseball team, which finished second in the New Brunswick Junior Baseball League, entertain Fredericton today at 3 p.m. at Memorial Field in the first of two games in their best-of-five semifinal series.
The junior Islanders will likely go with Porter Smith and Spencer Horne in these two games and rely on the offence to score enough runs.
Riley Gallant, Ryne MacIsaac and the McGregor brothers, Conor and Curtis, have been carrying most of the offensive load and this could be the difference in this series. Veteran senior standout MacIsaac and his assistant coaches Chris MacGregor and Scott MacDonald have done a great job with the Islanders who finished the regular season at 17-7, trailing first-place Moncton in the regular season standings.
Bob Lewis, a New York Yankees scout and a former playby-play announcer for the Yankees AAA club in Columbus, Ohio, is on the Island with his wife, Jeanie. They’ve been travelling with George Mathews who called the Columbus Blue Jackets games for 12-plus years.
Just a reminder that the golf tournament in support of the Charlottetown Islanders senior baseball team is set for Friday, Aug. 11 at Avondale golf course in Vernon River. The cost per four-player team is $400, which includes golf, power cart, prizes, steak dinner. To register or to request more info, contact Mikeal Thomas at 902-439-6992 or via e-mail email@example.com.
In other news
In golf, Tyler Hashmi made the cut at the national junior championships at Kingston, Ont., with rounds of 73 and 74, the only Islander to make the cut. In play Tuesday and Thursday, he posted very impressive rounds of 72 and 70, a great showing. Fredericton’s Calvin Ross fired blistering closing rounds of 62 and 63 to win the national junior crown.
On the track
Live harness racing continues today at 6 p.m. with a 14-dash card at the CDP. The $2,400 feature is interesting, with Truro track record holder Crombie A on the outside with Adam Merner while Governors Plate winner Do Over Hanover is next door on the starting gate with Mike McGuigan.
The Hambletonian goes today at The Meadowlands and the entire 16-dash card can be seen at the CDP simulcast room, beginning at 1 p.m. Mark MacDonald handles Hambletonian hopeful Seven and Seven in Race 9, and a number of others like Obrigado in the $303,000 John Cashman Memorial in Race 6, Ocean Colony in the $334,000 Cane Pace, Lyons Snyder in the $224,000 Sam McKee Memorial, and Pure Country in the $224,000 Lady Liberty. If you’re a hunch player or a Jays baseball fan, Mark drives Bautista in the $360,000 Peter Houghton Memorial.
Hambo Day is an interesting one for the MacDonald boys, Anthony has been invited to address the live Hambletonian Day audience with a seminar hosted by Big M owner Jeff Gural and GM Jason Settlemoir who are huge believers in The Stable.Ca and are eager to have A Mac back. Chris Roberts will be the moderator.
Thursday night at Saratoga, Blake MacIntosh’s two-year-old colt pacer Courtly Choice (Art Major) set a new track record of 1:53.1 with a NYSS $42,000 victory for Mark MacDonald, returning $37 on the nose. It was a fun night for Islanders as both Wally Hennessey and John MacDonald posted wins on the card.
At Yonkers tonight, Proven Desire(MM) leaves from the outside in a $35,000 conditioned pace.
It’s been a terrible week for the harness racing community. We lost Daryl MacDougall, Jack and Phyllis’ youngest son, in a fluke accident at age 49; he’s Doug and Don’s brother. Ian Smith of Oyster Bed, 58, to a sudden heart attack, from a big family that includes former trainer Alan, Kenny and Robbie. Also Pat McWade, a former horse owner, and brother of Bert McWade, owner and promoter.