Two-game tuneup

Char­lot­te­town look­ing to im­prove its play head­ing into fi­nal NBSBL games of the sea­son ver­sus Saint John

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

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.)

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