Another night, another ace pitching performance.
Charlottetown Islanders pitcher Jacob Beck threw five-and-a-third innings of one-run ball and J.P. Stevenson shut the door in relief as the Islanders defeated the Moncton Fishercats 6-1 and claim third place in the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League at Kiwanis Park on Sunday night.
The Fishercats drop to fourth place in the league and will play the Saint John Alpines in a play-in series for the right to meet the top-seeded Fredericton Royals. The Islanders will take on the second place Chatham Ironmen, who clinched Saturday at Kiwanis Park.
Both the Islanders and the Fishercats finish with identical 17-15 records, but Charlottetown owns the tie-breaker.
For the second night in a row it was too-little, too-late for Moncton. First baseman Mike Bisceglia struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Beck gave up one run on four hits, with his last three hitters mashing singles before he was relieved. He walked two and struck out two for his fifth win of the year.
Stevenson threw one-and-two-thirds innings in relief, walking two and fanning four.
Fishercats pitcher Justin Cormier took the loss, giving up five runs in two-and-two-thirds innings pitched. He gave up seven hits, walking two and striking out five. His record falls to 4-4.
Glenn Marks threw four innings of relief, giving up a run on two hits, striking out two and surrendering one intentional walk. Luc Daigle finished the job, throwing one pitch and getting third baseman Jordan Duffy to fly out to end a threat in the top of the seventh.
Right fielder Sean Corcoran led the offence for the Islanders, smashing a three-run home run in the third inning and added a single and a run scored. First baseman Brody MacDonald had an RBI double and two singles, while second baseman Dillon Doucette had an RBI single and a double.
Bisceglia singled home left fielder Josh DeWitt to score the only Fishercats run.
The Moncton Fishercats extend good luck and best wishes to both the Fredericton Royals and the Chatham Ironmen, who will compete in the Canadian Senior Baseball Championships at Ironmen Field in Chatham. The tourney will run from Aug. 20-24.
The NBSBL playoffs will pick up after that, and the details and schedule will be announced in the coming days. Stay tuned to the website for more, or follow along on our facebook and twitter pages. –Mike Sanderson