Islanders host Brewers after taking break from senior baseball

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Here’s hoping a week off makes a difference to the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders’ offence.

It’s been seven days since the Islanders twice left the bases loaded and surrendered four early runs in a double-digit loss to the Chatham Ironmen at home.

So today when the Islanders (9-8) host the surging Hub City Brewers (7-8), Charlottetown head coach Allison Macdonald hopes to stem his team's fretting by returning to the diamond.

“We’ve had a week to brood about our loss to Chatham last Tuesday while a few days can be beneficial at times, a week without live competition can only set a team back. Batting practice is good, but it does not replicate in-game at bats,” said Macdonald. “Meanwhile, Hub City has played three games in the interim and is on a two-game winning streak, playing well and gaining confidence.”

Start time for the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League is 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Field.

Charlottetown is fourth in the six-team circuit 1 1/2 games behind league-leading Chatham while Hub City is fifth overall and 2 1/2 games behind.

Macdonald said he’s looking for up to five innings from starting pitcher Brody McDonald (2-3, three saves, 1.59 ERA) and can bring Jacob Beck, Jordan Stevenson and Taylor Larkin out of the bullpen.

But he will also be arm-conscious with a slew of tilts over the next week or so.

“We need to protect our arms as we start a stretch of six games in eight days on Saturday (a doubleheader versus Fredericton),” he said.

As for Hub City, its coming off a 3-1 win over the Moncton Mets on Sunday, and the likely starter against Charlottetown is Simon Boucher (3-2, 1.95 ERA), who would be throwing on five days rest.

The Islanders lead the season series 2-0, but squeaked out a 2-1 win last month at Memorial.

“They are so similar to us,” said Macdonald. “They rely on good pitching and timely hitting. I think it will come down to walks and errors. The team that gives up fewer walks and fewer errors should win.”

Elsewhere in the league, Chatham’s Robert Gallant and J.F Neveau are the league’s player and pitcher of the week, respectively.

Gallant went .615 on

8-for-13 at the plate with three runs scored, a double, five runs batted in and a stolen base.

Neveau tossed a two-hit, 7-0 shutout over the Saint John Alpines, going five innings, for his league-leading fifth victory. He struck out three and walked two.

(www.seniorbaseballnb.com)

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A look at the Hub City Brewers and the Charlottetown Islanders over the last five games:

Hub City

Record: 3-2.

Runs For-Runs Against:

21-20.

Highest Output: Eight runs.

Lowest Output: Zero runs.

One-Run Games: Three (2-1 record).

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Charlottetown

Record: 3-2.

Runs For-Runs Against:

25-25.

Highest Output: Eight runs.

Lowest Output: Two runs.

One-Run Games: One (1-0 record).

Organizations: Islanders, New Brunswick Senior Baseball League

Geographic location: Hub City, Charlottetown, Fredericton

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