Re­ly­ing on the of­fence

Char­lot­te­town ju­nior base­ball club opens play­offs to­day at Me­mo­rial Field

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

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 jmikeak­thomas@gmail.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.

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