It was a wild start to the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders 7-2 win against the Moncton Mets on Tuesday in Charlottetown thanks to the Mets four walks, two wild pitches and a hit batsman during the first two innings.
Moncton starting pitcher Joel Mendez (0-1) had control problems early in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League contest and never quite found his range as the Islanders knocked him around for seven runs on five hits during four innings.
The key, said Isles third baseman Dylan McKenna, was composure at the dish.
“We just had to be patient. We still swung at some bad pitches, but we tried not to,” said McKenna who had two hits including a double, and drove in a run in the second inning. “(Overall) we swung the bat good, played good defence again and our pitchers threw well.”
Charlottetown (6-6) moved back to .500 and won for the first time in three tries this season against the Mets (3-4). It’s a bit of good news for team that has just two wins in its last seven contests.
Isles pitcher Brody MacDonald (2-0-1) surrendered seven hits in 69 pitches over five innings and struck out six Mets batters in his first start of the season. He also splintered three Mets bats.
Jake Beck tossed the sixth inning and Jordan Stevenson coaxed a game-ending double play from Mets second baseman Andrew Rinzler for his first save of the year.
Luc Vautour threw two innings for Moncton in relief of Mendez and struck out four.
As for the Mets, three bobbles over innings two and three cost the team.
By the end of three frames, Charlottetown had a 6-2 edge and Moncton couldn’t recover, said Mets shortstop Justin Cormier.
“We hurt ourselves. We had a couple of errors early in the game to put us in a hole and couldn’t climb back out,” said Cormier, who went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in a run.
“(We have to) get back to basics, play sound fundamental baseball. We have three game in three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) this weekend so that should help us out.”
McKenna (2-for-4, double) led the Islanders attack while catcher Morgan MacLean had an RBI triple.
The Mets outhit Charlottetown 9-6, led by Cormier, Rinzler (2-for-3 stolen base), Ben Goguen (2-for-3) and Mark Verrier (1-for-3, double, run scored).
Next up, the Isles play twice in Saturday first in Saint John versus the Alpines (1 p.m.), followed by the Royals in Fredericton (7 p.m.)