© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Bryan Linton of the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders is not quite fast enough to tag out Geoff Beckwith of the Saint John Alpines during New Brunswick Senior Baseball League action Saturday in Charlottetown.
Lack of clutch hitting and missed opportunities dogged the Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders as it lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Saint John Alpines on Saturday in Charlottetown.
Saint John took the first game 2-1 in 11 innings and earned a 4-2 victory in Game 2 at Memorial Field
The Alpines went to 8-14 in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League while Isles dropped to 10-12.
Islanders pitchers did their job in Game 1 as starter Brody MacDonald allowed only two hits over seven innings while walking three and striking out seven Alpines batters.
Reliever Dylan McKenna just one hit over the final four frames, but unearned runs accounted for both Alpines scores.
The clincher came in the top of the 11th when McKenna allowed a lead-off walk and two infield errors brought home the winning run. Charlottetown finished with three miscues
Charlottetown had two men on base with two out in the bottom of the 11th after a Will Connolly single and a Taylor Larkin double, but an infield out closed off the game.
The Islanders had 10 hits on Alpines starter Jay Magee and reliever Peter Shaw, who earned the win and went to 1-4.
Connolly led the Islanders at the plate going 3-for-5 while Larkin was 2-for-5.
George Halim, Kevin Desaulniers and Joel Arbeau had the Alpines singles.
In the second game, a sixth-inning home run by Ron Barton gave Saint John a 4-2 lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The Islanders had closed the game to 3-2, but couldn't get the run support starter Jake Back needed.
Beck (2-4) gave up two earned runs on 90 pitches in seven innings while scattering seven hits, striking out five and walking three.
Pete Shaw (2-4) got the win going four innings while reliever Joel Arbeau earned the save.
Yves Parent was 2-for-4 for Saint John with two RBIs while Barton went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Halim chipped in a double in four at bats.
MacDonald (2-3, double) led the Islanders while McKenna was 1-for-3 and scored once. Sean Corcoran also had a double in four at bats.
Charlottetown plays again Saturday, July 26, in a doubleheader against the Chatham Ironmen (12-8) in Chatham.