Islanders sweep Brewers out of senior baseball playoffs

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The Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders scored three first-inning runs and cruised to 6-1 win over the Hub City Brewers to clinch its best-of-five playoff series.

Charlottetown won the New Brunswick Senior Baseball quarter-final 3-0 and moves on to the semifinals against the Chatham Ironmen or the Fredericton Royals.

Charlottetown first baseman Alex Abbott paced his squad with two hits, an RBI and a run scored while catcher Morgan MacLean went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI and left fielder Josh Kelly (2-3) chipped in a two-run single in the fifth inning.

Hub City scored its lone run in the fourth after a double by designated hitter Martin Roussell and two straight outs to Abbott brought Roussell home.

Isles starting pitcher Taylor Larkin went five and two-thirds innings for the win, giving up five hits, one run, walking two and striking out three. 

Brody McDonald came in with two out in the bottom of the sixth and struck out Brewers third baseman Tim Webber to end the frame. McDonald tossed a three up three-down seventh inning to earn the save. 

Hub City starter Martin Poirier went five innings in the loss, surrendering nine hits and five runs and striking out two. 

Next up the Isles face Chatham or Fredericton in the semis depending on which team wins the Moncton Mets-Saint John Alpines quarter-final.

Moncton beat Saint John 6-4 in Tuesday's Game 3 and lead the best-of-five series 2-1. Game 4 is today in Saint John at 7:30 p.m.

If Moncton wins the series, Charlottetown faces the top-seeded Royals. If Saint John wins, Charlottetown plays the second-seeded Ironmen.

Charlottetown was a combined 3-9 versus Fredericton and Chatham in the regular season.

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Geographic location: Charlottetown, Hub City, Fredericton Moncton Saint John

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