Charlottetown makes six errors in dropping second game of semifinal to Chatham
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
With score at 5-1 at the top of the third inning for the Chatham Ironmen, Islanders coach Jason Monaghan, left and catcher Travis Gaudet, talk to pitcher Jacob Beck who was then taken out of the game. Dylan McKenna was sent to the mound.
The game started with two straight walks and got worse from there as the Chatham Ironmen handed the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders an 11-4 playoff loss Wednesday in Charlottetown.
It’s the second straight night the Ironmen have scored double digits after winning the series-opener 10-1 in Chatham on Tuesday. They are now up 2-0 in the best-of-seven New Brunswick Senior Baseball League semifinal series.
Game 3 is Friday, at 7:30 p.m., in Chatham.
The Irommen scored a run in the first inning, helped by those two walks, then laid four more runs on Islanders starting pitcher Jake Beck in the second inning.
Add an error in the second frame and four more over the next two innings, combined with 11 Chatham hits (including five straight in the second inning), and the Islanders found themselves down 8-1 after four innings.
Not the way to win a ball game, said Charlottetown catcher Travis Gaudet.
“Chatham hit the ball well and we booted the ball around a bit. It was hard to stay up on the bench,” said Gaudet.
“Good thing it’s a seven-game series. We’re not out of it yet.”
Gaudet was a bright spot, whacking a run-scoring single in the sixth inning, along with Dillon Doucette’s RBI triple earlier in the frame. Islanders first baseman Morgan MacLean had one of Charlottetown’s four hits, walked twice and scored a run.
Not lost in the Islanders’ woes was a fine pitching performance by Chatham starter Ryan MacDonald, who threw a complete-game four-hitter to give his team a two-game series lead.
MacDonald struck out seven Islanders batters and walked just two, and recovered after a difficult sixth inning when the Islanders scored three runs.
“I just tried to throw good pitches,” said MacDonald of the sixth.
“The boys hit the ball well and (I tried) not to walk myself into trouble.”
Centre-fielder Orry Cook paced the Ironmen’s offence with two hits, a walk and he scored three times. Third baseman Kris Keating went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Jamie Walls chipped in three hits in five at bats.
Beck pitched 2 1/3 innings, surrendering seven hits, five runs and walked three in the loss. Mike Thompson threw two and two-third innings in relief, giving up three runs on four hits.
Dylan Beck pitched two innings in mop-up duty.
Chatham finished with 16 hits, one error and left 12 runners on base.
The Islanders managed four hits, and ended with six miscues and left four base runners.
Gaudet won’t be with the team for the rest of series as he leaves for Alberta on Friday for a job as a physiotherapist.
Game 4 is Saturday in Charlottetown. Start time is 5 p.m. at Memorial Field.