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Island softball squad wins two to get back to .500 at Canada Games

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WINNIPEG, MAN. – Jonathan Arsenault drove in the winning run and picked up the victory as Team P.E.I. recorded its first victory Sunday at the Canada Games softball tournament.

The Island squad defeated British Columbia 4-3 and then beat New Brunswick 6-1 to get back to .500 at 2-2 after two days.

“The boys are over the moon,” said head coach Mark Quinn. “The win was kind of a weight off their shoulders. . . It was huge for the boys.”

It came on a day where five Island squads recorded victories as the temperature soared.

P.E.I. led British Columbia 3-2 after four innings, but B.C. got a run in the fifth off Arsenault, who threw in relief of Logan Gallant.

Avery Arsenault walked to lead off the seventh, stole second and Jonathan Arsenault singled him in. Jonathan Arsenault went 3-for-3 with two RBI while Avery Arsenault was 2-for-2 with two runs.

Gallant, Stephen O’Shea and Sam Walsh also had hits.

Jonathan Arsenault allowed a run on two hits in three innings of work. Gallant allowed two runs on five hits in four innings of work. Neither walked a batter.

The win came after the Island squad dropped both games on opening day.

“They take pride in doing well,” Quinn said. “They’re competitive. They want to do well. They want to succeed.”

He said Parker Ronahan and O’Shea spoke up before the game, reminding their teammates to live in the moment, and it helped steady the ship.

Gallant was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to pace P.E.I. against New Brunswick while Ty McAdam was 2-for-3. Avery Arsenault, Matt Lange, Nolan Hicken, Walsh and Alex Jabbour each added one.

Quinn said the team had contributions up and down the line.

“Everybody is just doing their little piece of the puzzle.”

Jonathan Arsenault gave up a run on seven hits for the victory. He walked five and struck out two.

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