The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders’ infield will have a different look today when they open the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League season.
The Islanders main infielders last season, Dylan McKenna, Dillon Doucette, Andrew Macdonald and Jordan Duffy, are all unavailable today when the Islanders meet the Alpines in Saint John for two games beginning at 2 p.m.
“We have to remake our infield defence and the two main points . . . will not be available this weekend,” said coach Allison Macdonald.
Duffy is in Maine graduating while McKenna won’t be home from the Prarie Baseball Academy until the middle of next week.
Andrew Macdonald had knee surgery three weeks ago after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) last summer. He will be unavailable to play until later in the summer at the earliest. He has joined the coaching staff and will handle third base duties while the Islanders are hitting.
Doucette is working in Newfoundland and unavailable until next Saturday’s home opener.
The Islanders host the defending league champion Chatham Ironmen Saturday, May 24 for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. The six-team circuit also includes the Moncton Mets, Hub City Brewers and the Fredericton Royals.
Charlottetown will also be missing first base/outfielder Jeremy MacKinnon today due to graduation.
The Islanders are expected to have at least one of the P.E.I. junior team players with them to offset the missing players.
“Our strength will have to be pitching,” Allison Macdonald said.
Jordan Stevenson gets the ball in the opener while Jacob Beck will start the second game. The pitching staff also includes Mark MacLean and Taylor Larkin.
Last year, the Islanders (10-22) finished fifth in the regular season, defeated Moncton 3-2 in best-of-five quarter-final before being swept by Chatham in the semifinal.
The Islanders were finally able to get on a field this week after a long winter and wet spring. Allison Macdonald said they are a couple weeks behind where they would normally be.