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Island juniors drop close one at Canadian baseball ch'ship


GATINEAU, Que. – The P.E.I. Junior Islanders dropped a close one at the Canadian 21-under men’s baseball championship on Friday afternoon.

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The Island representative lost 5-4 to St. Thomas, Ont., in a round-robin game. The result leaves P.E.I. at 1-1 (won-lost), with two games scheduled for Saturday against Saskatchewan and Quebec.
It was a back-and-forth matchup between the Islanders and St. Thomas. The Ontario Two representative scored single runs in the top two innings to take an early 2-0 lead, but the Islanders answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to go ahead 3-2.
St. Thomas counted a deuce in the third inning to retake the lead 4-3, and the Island squad tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. St. Thomas would score the eventual winning run in the top of seventh. P.E.I. threatened in their last at-bat, but stranded runners on first and second.
Offensively, Kyle Pinksen (2-2, walk) and Logan Gallant (1-3) were the top hitters for P.E.I., which trimmed Nova Scotia 22-4 in its tournament opener Thursday. Brett Hicken took the loss in relief of starter Porter Smith.

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