McDonald, Beck combine to shut down Brewers

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Kelly, Connolly record clutch hits for Islanders

Will Connolly made the most of his opportunity Tuesday night at Memorial Field.

The middle infielder had two strikes on him when he got a high fastball from Hub City Brewers’ pitcher Juan Ortiz in the fourth inning. He drove it into right-centre field for a two-out, two-run single that gave the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders a three-run lead they would not relinquish.

“It was definitely a big boost in that situation, to give the pitchers some support,” Connolly said.

He was pinch-hitting while Ortiz was facing his first batter in relief of starter Martin Poirier.

The Islanders won the two-hour New Brunswick Senior Baseball League contest 4-1 to improve to 10-8 while the Brewers fell to 7-9.

Brewers coach Jason Melanson said Connolly’s hit was a big play.

“(Ortiz) missed his spot. He had to be a lot higher there and he wasn’t,” he said.

The Brewers were playing without two of their hottest hitters on Tuesday. Denis Sonier broke his leg while playing against the Moncton Mets while Mark Deveaux was not available.

“Some holes to fill, not an excuse, but it is what it is,” Melanson said.

The Islanders took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off a leadoff double by Jeremy McKinnon and an RBI single by Jordan Duffy. Both players finished 2-for-3.

“It’s great to score early,” McKinnon said. “You get the jitters out of the way and get a little bit of a cushion.”

The Brewers answered in the third after a single by Shane Sexton, a slap bunt by Mike Ivey and a bunt single by Jolin Benoit loaded the bases with no out.

Islanders’ hurler Brody McDonald induced two ground balls to first baseman McKinnon and another to shortstop Duffy to get out of the inning tied 1-1.

The Islanders regained the lead in the fourth.

Dylan McKenna walked and Alex Abbott followed with a single before Josh Kelly’s single drove McKenna home with the go-ahead run.

The Islanders threatened in the fifth inning but had two runners thrown out trying to steal second base. They got the leadoff hitter on in the sixth, but a 6-4-3 double play erased the threat.

McDonald, who appeared to have a cheering section of young ball players behind home plate, went four innings for the win. He allowed a run on three hits while striking out three and walking one to improve to 3-0-3. Jacob Beck threw the final three innings for the save. He gave up a hit, walked one and struck one out.

Poirier was charged with all four Islanders’ runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one. Ortiz allowed two hits and walked one in 2 1/3 innings.

The Islanders are 3-0 against the Brewers this season, winning games 8-5, 2-1 and 4-1.

The Brewers host Chatham Wednesday at 7:30 and again on Sunday. Deveaux is expected to be available tonight. The Islanders travel to Fredericton on Saturday for a doubleheader.

Organizations: Islanders

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Hub City, New Brunswick Fredericton

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  • Terre Hunter
    July 09, 2014 - 07:59

    FYI