SUMMERSIDE — Marcus Gauthier swung a hot bat in helping the regular-season champion Summerside Chevys get off to a winning start in the Baseball P.E.I. provincial peewee AAA championship on Friday afternoon.
Gauthier posted a 2-for-3 batting summary, including a double, and drove in four runs as the Chevys broke open a close game in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to an 11-4 win over the Kensington Crusaders.
It was the opening round-robin game for both teams, and play continues today at Queen Elizabeth Park in Summerside, with the semifinals and championship game scheduled for Sunday.
The Chevys, who went into their half of the fourth inning clinging to a 4-3 lead, erupted for six runs to blow the game open.
Brandon Gaudet (2-2, two doubles), Ben MacDougall (2-3), Dylan Thomas (2-3) and Nic Gunning (2-3) also made key offensive contributions for the Chevys.
A.J. Cahill (1-1, double, two walks) was Kensington’s top hitter.
Gunning earned the pitching win in relief, and Carter Champion was the pitcher of record for Kensington.
In other games Friday, the West Prince Mariners outlasted the Richmond Red Sox 7-3; the Charlottetown Royals topped the Stratford Athletics 9-4, and the Cornwall Cougars doubled the Sherwood Knights 6-3. No other information is available on those games.