Islanders return home looking for more timely hitting

Jason Malloy
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Charlottetown senior baseball team hosts Moncton Mets for first time this season tonight

Third baseman Jordan Duffy has been one of the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders’ bright spots offensively this season.

The recipe for success

doesn’t change much for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders.

Solid pitching and defence coupled with timely hitting is how this team wins games.

“It’s been working for us, we just haven’t got timely hits,” coach Jason Monaghan said Monday. “Getting a big hit here and there has sort of been our downfall.

“We can get some guys on base, but it takes us three base hits to get a run in.”

The team is hitting .210 this season and has scored a league-low 17 runs in seven games. Their seven doubles account for all of their extra-base hits.

Centre-fielder Sean Corcoran leads the team with a .318 average, including two doubles. Leadoff hitter Jordan Duffy also has a .300 average.

Last year’s league MVP Andrew Macdonald (.182) and rookie of the year Dillon Doucette (.214) have gotten off to a slow start with a combined seven hits, but both are capable of turn-around games at any moment.

The Islanders (2-5) are back in action tonight after being swept Saturday by the Chatham Ironmen (4-4). They host the Moncton Mets (4-4) at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.

It will be the first meeting of the season between the two squads and is a matchup of opposing styles with Moncton sporting a .287 team batting average.

Import catcher Dan Gusovsky leads the Mets’ offence with a .357 average. Eight of his 10 hits have gone for extra-base hits, including six doubles and two home runs. The Andover, Me., native, who attends Wheaton College outside of Chicago, has driven in eight runs and scored seven.

The Mets also have second baseman Andrew Rinzler and the Vautour brothers (outfielders Luc and Serge) all batting more than .333.

Charlottetown’s Mike Thompson gets his first start of the season. The Islanders are hoping for at least a solid four innings of work from the control pitcher. To be successful, he has to locate his pitches and let the defence do their job behind him, Monaghan said.

Right-hander Chris D'Amours is expected to start for Moncton.

The Islanders are 2-0 at Memorial Field this year.

“Being at home, just sort of gives that extra sense of comfort no matter who were playing against,” Monaghan said.

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Standings

                 W    L    Pct.    RF    RA    GB

Saint John    5    1    .833    25    17    -

Fredericton    4    2    .667    50    35    1.0

Moncton    4    4    .500    43    41    2.0

Chatham    4    4    .500    34    37    2.0

Hub City    3    6    .333    25    34    3.5

Charlottetown    2    5    .286    17    29    3.5

Batting

    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    Avg.

Geoff Beckwith (SJ)    17    5    10    0    3    .588

Matt Stairs (Fred)    18    4    9    1    6    .500

Kris Keating (Chat)    24    7    11    1    8    .458

Dave Barr (Fred)    23    7    10    1    8    .435

An. Rinzler (Mon)    23    5    10    0    4    .435

Pitching (min. seven innings)

                            W    L    Sav    SO    BB    ERA

Justin Cormier (Mon)    1    0    0    13    7    0.45

Brooks Saunders (SJ)    2    0    1    4    4    0.68

Jamie Walls (Chat)    1    1    0    15    6    1.27

Ryan Arsenault (SJ)    2    0    0    19    3    1.31

Jo. Stevenson (Char)    1    0    0    8    4    1.50

Today's Game

Moncton at Charlottetown, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday's Game

Saint John at Hub City, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday's Game

Fredericton at Chatham, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's Game

Hub City at Fredericton, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday's Games

Chatham at Saint John, DH, 4 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Hub City at Moncton, 7 p.m.

June 16 Result

Moncton 7 Chatham 6

June 15 Results

Chatham 9 Charlottetown 5

Chatham 4 Charlottetown 2

June 14 Result

Fredericton 8 Moncton 7  

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Batter of the Week

Moncton Mets catch Dan Gusovsky went 6-for-11 (.545) at the plate, hit two doubles and two home runs while driving in six and scoring four times.

Pitcher of the Week

Chatham Ironmen Jamie Walls fired a two-hitter over seven complete inning to pick up a 4-2 win over the Charlottetown Islanders.  Walls struck out 11 batters while walking two and giving up an earned run.

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Wheaton College, Islanders, Mets

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Moncton, Andover, Me. Chicago

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  • GH Brewer
    June 18, 2013 - 09:08

    Can't wait to see our good buddy Matt Stairs come to the Island to play! What a Canadian Baseball Icon! All the best to the Islanders this season!