McGregors lead Islanders to split in junior baseball action

Published on July 16, 2017

Curtis McGregor of the P.E.I. Junior Islanders swings at a pitch during a doubleheader earlier this season in Summerside.

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MONCTON, N.B. – The P.E.I. Junior Islanders erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning to put away the Metro Mudcats 13-3 in a game shortened to six innings due to mercy rule.  

The win gave P.E.I. a split of the New Brunswick Junior Baseball League doubleheader and improved its record to 15-7.

The Islanders big inning was keyed by a bases loaded triple from Connor McGregor and a two-run double by brother Curtis McGregor, who had three hits.

Connor McGregor had two hits while Ryne MacIsaac and Riley Gallant both went 1-for-2 with three runs scored.

On the mound, winning pitcher Jayden MacLean and Connor Jones combined to allow only three hits and struck out four.

Jeremie Arsenault and two relievers gave up nine hits and 10 walks for Metro. Nick Leblanc had a two-run single for the Mudcats.

In Game 1, Mudcats starter Nate Ronan and Isles starter Porter Smith hooked up in a pitchers duel.

Jesse Malone's RBI double plated the games only run in bottom sixth in Metros 1-0 win. Blake Flinn stranded the tying run on third in seventh to earn the save.

Smith surrendered five hits and struck out five.

Declan Buckle had two hits for Metro while MacIsaac, Curtis McGregor, Logan MacDougall and Chasse Gallant each had hits.

P.E.I. wraps up regular season play Saturday with a doubleheader in Fredericton, N.B.