Charlottetown looking to improve its play heading into final NBSBL games of the season versus Saint John
Maybe it won’t mean much if the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders win or lose Saturday versus the Saint John Alpines, but the doubleheader matters as a tune-up going into the post-season.
Game 1 start time in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League double-dip is 2 p.m. in Saint John.
The Islanders (10-18) sit last in the five-team circuit, two and a half games behind the fourthplace Moncton Fisher Cats (1314) and four games behind the Fredericton Royals (14-14) with four games remaining in its regular season including Saturday’s action.
To avoid the fourth-fifth quarter-final, Charlottetown must get to third-place where it would have a semifinal matchup against Saint John (15-11) which is in the second slot. That means the Isles must win the rest of its games and get help. The quarterfinal winner faces the league’s first place team, right now held by the Fredericton Royals (1510), in the other semi.
But there is hope. Charlottetown has won two straight games, the last a 4-3 seventh inning, come-from-behind victory over Moncton earlier this week in Charlottetown.
And despite the Alpines leading the season series 4-2, the teams are tied 10-10 in runs forruns against. Every game has been decided by three runs or less.
It’s been a trend this year for Saint John, which has allowed the league’s fewest runs (90) thanks to its staff’s league-best combined 3.58 earned run average.
Jack Shannon (4-1) leads the way and the league with a 1.09 ERA, while Shawn O’Toole (3-1, 3.00 ERA) and Justin McQuade (1-2, 3.60 ERA) aren’t far behind.
Charlottetown’s 4.71 team ERA is third paced by Brody McDonald’s team high 2.58 ERA and Jordan Stevenson’s 2.94 ERA. Stevenson leads the NBSBL with six wins.
At the plate, the teams are close at Saint John hits at a .261 clip while Charlottetown has a .240 team average.
Stevenson tops the Isles in average (.377), hits (26), home runs (2) and RBIs (13), while Devon Thomas leads Saint John in homers (4), RBIs (20) and is third in average (.325).
Scott May (.346) and Mark Phillips (.341) are first and second, respectively, on the Alpines.
Charlottetown finishes the regular season with games against the Fisher Cats on Sunday, Aug. 13, in Moncton (7 p.m.) and Tuesday, Aug.15, in Charlottetown (7:30 p.m.)