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Taylor Larkin, catcher for the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders, tries to get the foul ball hit by Simon Boucher of the Hub City Brewers Tuesday night at Memorial Field.
Brody McDonald's single brings in winning run for Charlottetown club
It was the play the Hub City Brewers wanted, but not the result in a 1-0 loss to the Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders in New Brunswick Senior Baseball League action Tuesday in Charlottetown.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Islanders’ Dylan McKenna on first base, Hub City manager Greg Hickox called for an intentional walk on Islander outfielder Sean Corcoran, already 2-for-2 in the contest.
That move brought up Brody McDonald, usually a pitcher but playing first base Tuesday, to the plate in the scoreless game.
McDonald delivered a shot to Hub City shortstop Kevin Basque, who couldn’t make the play and the ball scooted through, scoring McKenna from second base with the eventual winning run.
“I was just trying to put the ball into play, and it worked,” said McDonald, who was 0-for-2 with a stolen base.
“I was looking for something off-speed, but with two strikes just tried to put the ball in play.”
The Islanders moved to 13-17 on the season while the Brewers dropped to 9-19 and have lost four straight games.
Charlottetown starting pitcher Jordan Stevenson threw a complete-game, six-hitter with an intentional walk and four strikeouts.
His Hub City counterpart, Martin Poirier, threw an equally solid game, going the distance while giving up six hits and striking out four.
Corcoran led the Islanders bats while Simon Boucher went 2-for-3 for Hub City.
As for Hub City, it’s been a tough go lately, said Hickox, but he’d make the same call again.
“We can’t get Corcoran out. With first base open and him up, it’s an easy call,” said Hickox after a post-game team meeting that lasted several minutes. “We’re coming off a tough stretch, four games in four days and tensions are running a little high. We have to pay attention to detail, got to learn from our mistakes.”
Charlottetown had five stolen bases in the game.
The Isles are off until Wednesday, Aug. 13, when Charlottetown travels to Hub City for a 7:30 p.m. game
Hub City hosts the Moncton Mets tonight at 7:30.