Eagles take first game

Jason Malloy
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Joel Rogerson proved the importance of having a short memory Wednesday on a Charlottetown ball field.

The Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles right-fielder’s error in the top of the sixth inning led to the go-ahead run scoring for the Charlottetown John Brown Grille Fawcetts.

“It was a little letdown missing that one in the lights,” Rogerson admitted.

After the inning he received a message from Eagles teammate and Team Canada captain Jeff Ellsworth: “Get that play out of your mind, get up to bat and put it in play,” Rogerson recounted.

He did his part, keying a seventh-inning rally to lead the Eagles to a 5-4 victory in the opening game of the Prince Edward Island senior men’s softball championship.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series goes Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ellis Field in O’Leary.

Rogerson led off the top of the seventh by punching a single into left field, stole second, went to third on an error and scored the tying run when Jordan Costello hit a ground ball to second.

“I was just trying to put bat on ball and I was able to do that fortunately,” Rogerson said.

Costello scored the winning run on a Troy Ellsworth sacrifice fly.

“We have a well-rounded ball team here,” said pitcher Mitch Hardy. “We had one bad inning, but that’s what we’ve got – character on this team.”

Hardy was cruising along until tweaking a calf injury running out a ground ball in the sixth inning. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight.

The Fawcetts got to Jamie Betts in the sixth inning when Anthony Cummiskey singled, Jamie MacDonald doubled and Chris Craig hit a three-run home run to right centre field.

Mark Arsenault singled and scored on a Dustan Jones’ sacrifice fly following Rogerson’s error.

Betts recorded the win in relief of Hardy while Craig took the loss.

“It sucks, but they have a good squad over there with some real good players,” MacDonald said.

“We haven’t played a lot lately and made a few mental mistakes and it cost us a run or two, but that’s all part of getting ready for next week.”

The Fawcetts are hosting the Canadian senior men’s fast pitch championship beginning Tuesday.

Hardy, who will join the Fawcetts for the nationals, said he expected to be ready to go tonight, but said he would wait to see how the calf feels before the game.

“This is great to play, but next week is more important,” he said.

Mike MacIsaac had a triple and two singles for the Eagles. Jesse MacIntyre added a two-run single while Betts and Hardy each singled. Arsenault singled twice for the Fawcetts.

Geographic location: Charlottetown, O’Leary

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