Is­landers hot, Fisher Cats not in N.S. se­nior league

Loop’s hottest and cold­est teams face off Sun­day to end reg­u­lar sea­son

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­landers is the hottest team go­ing into the fi­nal week­end of the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League reg­u­lar sea­son.

Char­lot­te­town (12-18) has won four straight games and looks to make it five when it trav­els to Monc­ton, N.B., to face the league’s cold­est team, the Fisher Cats (13-17), losers of four con­sec­u­tive games. Start time Sun­day is 7 p.m. The Isles then tan­gle with the Cats on Tues­day in Char­lot­te­town in both teams’ fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game. First pitch is 7:30 p.m. at Memo­rial Field.

The matchup for the fourth vs. fifth place quar­ter-fi­nal is up in the air.

The Fred­er­ic­ton Roy­als, the de­fend­ing champ, sit third at 15-14 with three games re­main­ing (Fred­er­ic­ton played Fri­day) while Char­lot­te­town and Monc­ton each have two. At stake is home field ad­van­tage in the quar­ter for the team that fin­ishes fourth.

And while no team has run away from the pack this sea­son, the first place Chatham Iron­men (17-11) and sec­ond-place Saint John Alpines (16-13) are each se­cured a semi­fi­nal berth. The teams square off Satur­day in a dou­ble­header in Saint John.

At the plate, Monc­ton’s Lance Van Noy is sec­ond over­all in bat­ting av­er­age at .420, while Char­lot­te­town’s Jor­dan Steven­son is right be­hind at .390. Both have two home runs and have 15 and 16 RBIs, re­spec­tively.

Brody McDon­ald (2.58 ERA) and Steven­son (3.26 ERA) lead the Isles pitch­ing staff and have a com­bined 10-7-1 record. Steven­son leads the NBSBL with seven wins.

Monc­ton’s Sam Lund is 5-3 and has a team-best 3.95 ERA.

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