Islanders lefty McDonald gets the ball tonight against the Mets

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Charlottetown shortstop Jordan Duffy named league’s player of the week

After a surprise four-day layoff, it's back to work for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders tonight versus the Moncton Mets after wet weather during the weekend forced the game to be rescheduled.

The New Brunswick Senior Baseball League game had been set for Saturday in Summerside, but rain got in the way.

Game time tonight is 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.

The fourth-place Islanders (5-6) are trying to gain ground on the third-place Mets (3-3).

Charlottetown is 0-2 versus Moncton this season after a 4-3 loss in Moncton and a 5-2 defeat in Charlottetown, and is coming off a 6-5 loss to the Chatham Ironmen Thursday in Chatham.

Moncton hasn’t laced up the cleats since a 4-2 loss to the Ironmen seven days ago as rain postponed two of its games last week.

Brody McDonald (1-0) gets his first start of the season for Charlottetown. The lefty, who attends the University of Mount Olive College in North Carolina, also has a save in four appearances and a 0.70 earned-run average (good for second in the league).

“McDonald’s toughest threat will be Moncton’s import catcher, Matt Verrier,” Islanders head coach Allison Macdonald, said of the Norway, Me., native. “Verrier, from the University of Southern Maine, was an (ECAC) all-star catcher and bats cleanup in the Mets batting order.”

Isles catcher Morgan MacLean leads the squad with a .440 batting average. Verrier is batting .444 while Keith Nickerson is hitting .571.

Isles shortstop Jordan Duffy was named the league’s player of the week Monday after batting 4-for-6 (a .667 average), including whacking a double, driving in four runs and scoring once.

Meanwhile, Simon Boucher won his second straight pitcher of the week award. The Hub City Brewers standout threw a one-hit, complete-game 1-0 shutout of the Saint John Alpines. He struck out nine batters and walked two.

At tonight’s game, every youth 15 years old and younger will be admitted free and if their fathers attend the game, they will receive a game ticket with a chance to win prizes.

 

 

Top five batting averages for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders and the Moncton Mets (with minimum seven at bats):

Moncton

Keith Nickerson    .571

Matt Verrier          .444

Justin Cormier     .364

Luc Vautour         .353

Andrew Rinzler    .333

Charlottetown

Morgan MacLean .440

Sean Corcoran    .344

Jordan Duffy        .296

Will Connolly        .286

Dylan McKenna   .280

 

 

Organizations: University of Mount Olive College, Mets, New Brunswick Senior Baseball League University of Southern Maine

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Moncton, Summerside Chatham.Moncton North Carolina Norway, Me. Hub City

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