Ju­nior Isles face Roy­als

In New Brunswick league semi­fi­nal se­ries

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Two old foes will re­new ac­quain­tances in the New Brunswick Ju­nior Base­ball League play­offs this week­end.

The P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­lan­ders will host the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als in the first two games of the best-of-five semi­fi­nal se­ries at Me­mo­rial Field in Char­lot­te­town on Satur­day. First pitch in Game 1 of the dou­ble­header is sched­uled for 3 p.m.

Fred­er­ic­ton out­lasted P.E.I. 3-2 in a spir­ited five-game semi­fi­nal se­ries last year, and this year’s se­ries prom­ises to be no less in­tense, notes a me­dia re­lease is­sued by the Is­lan­ders.

The two teams split six reg­u­lar-sea­son games. P.E.I. fin­ished in sec­ond place at 16-8 to earn home-field ad­van­tage over the third-place Roy­als (10-14).

The Is­lan­ders will send Spencer Horne and Brett Hicken to the mound for the first two games. Josh Lyons and Jor­dan Drier are ex­pected to get the nod for Fred­er­ic­ton.

The Is­lan­ders placed four hit­ters in the top 15, in­clud­ing Ri­ley Gal­lant’s league-lead­ing .520 av­er­age as well as Ryne MacIsaac (.366) and broth­ers Cur­tis (.354) and Conor McGre­gor (.353).

The Is­lan­ders’ Darcy Af­fleck, along with Dan Ber­trand of the Roy­als, each hit a league-lead­ing four home runs.

Catcher Corey Ka­vanaugh, who is com­ing off a length sus­pen­sion and will not be avail­able un­til Game 2, leads the Roy­als’ at­tack. Adam Es­tay and Corey Ouelette also swing key bats for the Roy­als.

Game 3 and, if nec­es­sary, Game 4 will be played in Fred­er­ic­ton on Sun­day be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. Should a fifth and de­cid­ing game be re­quired, it is sched­uled for back in Char­lot­te­town on Satur­day, Aug. 12.

JA­SON SIMMONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Ri­ley Gal­lant of the P.E.I. Ju­nior Is­lan­ders posted a New Brunswick Ju­nior Base­ball League-lead­ing bat­ting av­er­age of .520 in the 2017 reg­u­lar sea­son. The Is­lan­ders open the play­offs against the Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als in Char­lot­te­town on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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