MacDonald gets game-winning hit in ninth for Islanders

Charles Reid
Published on June 10, 2014

Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders Morgan MacLean, left, tries to avoid the tag of Hub City Brewers catcher Mike Ivey during New Brunswick Senior Baseball League action Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

It took a while, but the Charlottetown Gaudet's Auto Body Islanders broke a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 extra inning victory Tuesday over the Hub City Brewers in Charlottetown.

Isles pitcher Brody MacDonald whacked a opposite field single to left with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive home Sean Corcoran from third base as the Islanders (5-5) improved to .500 in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League.

MacDonald also earned the win. He relieved starting pitcher Jake Beck in the sixth frame.

"I was just looking to make contact. I don't get many at-bats," said MacDonald, who earned his first win of the season. "We got off to a good start, but hit a rough patch lately. This will get us going on a run, hopefully."

Charlottetown outhit Hub City 11-4 including triples by Jeremy MacKinnon and Dylan McKenna and a lead-off double by Corcoran in the bottom of the ninth.

But the Brewers (2-5) had answers, including relays started by outfielders Ryan Ballack in the first inning and Jolin Benoit in the fifth inning to nab Islanders runners at the plate and preserved a 1-1 tie.

Hub City starter Luc Daigle went five and two-thirds innings before giving way to reliever Juan Ortiz in the sixth. Ortiz (0-1) was tagged with the loss.

"(MacDonald) hit a good pitch. We had a one-pitch, two-out situation. it was good game. They won this one," said Hub City catcher Mike Ivey, who wasn't concerned it might be a demoralizing loss for his squad. "Not at all. It's still early. We pitched well, played very good defence. We had our chances and that's all you can ask for."

Islanders pitchers combined for eight strikeouts while walking two. The Brewers staff struck out four, walked four and hit four Islanders batters with pitches.

The Islanders next game is Thursday in Chatham against the Ironmen (3-3). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Charlottetown hosts the Moncton Mets at Legends Field in Summerside. Game time is 7 p.m. and all Summerside and area minor ball players wearing their team jersey will be admitted free.