Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders shortstop Jordan Duffy prepares to catch the first half of a double play attempt Tuesday as Chatham Ironmen leadoff hitter Orry Cook looks to break up the play.
The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders were unable to cash in on enough of their chances Tuesday in dropping a 10-4 decision to the Chatham Ironmen in New Brunswick Senior Baseball League action.
The Islanders had the bases loaded with one out in the third, but back-to-back strikeouts by Taylor Larkin and Alex Abbott ended the threat. When the same scenario presented itself in the sixth Morgan MacLean grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the inning.
“Those are tough. We have to get those runs in,” said Islanders right-fielder Sean Corcoran. “We’re hitting the balls harder in those ABs. We just need a few more of those to fall. . . We just have to cash those runs when we get the chance.”
The Ironmen staked Souris native Perry Deveaux to a 4-0 lead before he even took the mound. The Ironmen sent nine guys to the plate and scored all four runs with two outs off Jacob Beck. The big hit was a two-run double to right-centre field by Marc-Andre Pitre to make it 2-0.
The Islanders used singles by Jordan Duffy, MacLean and Corcoran to score twice in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit in half.
The Ironmen struck again in the third with three runs on six singles.
“They seemed to be swinging the bats really well today, so it was hard to make up any ground,” said Corcoran. “When you dig yourself a hole against a good-hitting team like that it’s always tough to come back.”
Chatham tacked on three more in the sixth. Charlottetown answered with two in the sixth, but could not keep the rally going.
Deveaux gave up two runs on four hits and struck out six through four innings for the win. Beck gave up seven runs, three of them earned, on 10 hits through three innings. He walked three and struck one out. Jordan Stevenson, Jeremy McKinnon and Larkin threw in relief.
Darren Hardy had two singles and drove in three runs, including two in the first inning. Robert Gallant had two singles, scored once and had an RBI while Brian St. Coeur had two singles and scored twice.
Josh Kelly had a double and a single for the Islanders while McKinnon, Larkin and Abbott added singles. Duffy was also beaned twice to go with his single.
Chatham (7-4) is in a three-way tie with Fredericton and Moncton, which both have 8-5 records, for top spot in the six-team circuit. Charlottetown 9-8 is in second place, a game back of the leaders.
The Islanders' next game is Tuesday, July 8, when the Hub City Brewers come to town for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Corcoran said the week off would provide an opportunity for its pitchers to get some rest after a lot of work in recent outings.