The Metro Mudcats scored the lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the P.E.I. Carpenter’s Union 1338 Juniors 1-0 in New Brunswick Junior Baseball League playoff action Monday in Moncton.
Game 2 in the best-of-three, quarter-final series is tonight at Memorial Field at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Monday, the Mudcats’ run came when Robie Wilen’s single to left field scored Sam Lund, who led off the seventh with a single and was sacrificed to second base. Lund was also the winning pitcher, allowing two hits while striking out 10.
Losing pitcher was Brady Arsenault, who threw a four-hitter with four strikeouts. Nick MacPhail and Nathan McInnis had hits for P.E.I.
Winner of the series between fifth-place P.E.I. (5-19) and the fourth-place Mudcats (10-14) moves on to the league semifinals against the first-place Fredericton Royals (19-5).
P.E.I. finished the season with just one win against the Mudcats in six starts but all the games were close with the Island squad losing four of them by two runs or less.
P.E.I. finished second in the league in hitting with a team .275 average, but the young lineup struggled defensively at times.
They will be looking to improve on this during their playoff run.
They were led offensively by J.J. Oram, Brady and Dylan McQuaid, Grant Grady, Nick MacPhail and Nathan McInnis who each batted over .300 for the season.
The pitching will be led by McInnis, Brady Arsenault, Colin Arsenault and Tyson Blue.
Saturday in Cornwall, the Royals swept P.E.I. by scores of 8-6 and 10-5 to close out the regular season.
In the first game, MacPhail, Oram and Brady Arsenault lead the P.E.I. hitters while Tyler Arsenault suffered the loss.
The Royals were led offensively by Corey Kavanaugh, Tanner Banks and Brandon MacKay.
Colby Lyle recorded the win.
In the second game, Fredericton posted a big first inning and coasted to victory.
Alex Reid recorded the pitching win over Brad Power.
Fredericton was led at the plate by Kavanaugh, Nigel Augustine and Aiden Manley.
For P.E.I., Grant Grady, Spencer Hay, Brady and Dylan McQuaid were the top batters.