Islanders try to rein in Mets running game

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McKenna to get first start at home tonight against Moncton

Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders

The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders will be looking to neutralize the Moncton Mets’ running game tonight at Memorial Field.

The first pitch of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League game is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Islanders lead the league in stolen bases with 15, one ahead of Moncton, but have played four more games than the Mets.

“As soon as they get on base, they run,” Islanders coach Allison Macdonald said Monday. “We have to try to keep them off base.”

Luc Vautour and Josh DeWitt each have four stolen bases for Moncton while Dan Proctor has three.

Morgan MacLean starts behind the plate and will be catching Dylan McKenna’s first start of the season. Taylor Larkin, Brody McDonald and Jeremy McKinnon are expected to be available in relief. McKenna threw an inning in Chatham on June 12.

The middle of the Mets’ lineup is dangerous, Macdonald said, making it important to keep the table setters at the top order in check.

It was known not whom the Mets were planning on starting. Moncton (5-5) went 2-1 in games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Steve Aube, who leads the league with a 0.66 earned-run average in 10 2/3 innings this season, earned a 7-6 win Friday against Fredericton. Charlottetown (8-6) has won three straight games and four of their past five. They are a game back of first-place Fredericton (7-3). Macdonald said the Isles will have to continue grinding out at-bats, force the pitcher to throw strikes and “see if we can put up a crooked number here and there.”

Organizations: Mets, New Brunswick Senior Baseball League

Geographic location: Moncton, Fredericton, Chatham Charlottetown

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