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Junior Islanders lose leads late to Mudcats

P.E.I. Junior Islanders hurler Johnny Arsenault throws a pitch Saturday during New Brunswick Junior Baseball League action at Memorial Field in Charlottetown.
P.E.I. Junior Islanders hurler Johnny Arsenault throws a pitch Saturday during New Brunswick Junior Baseball League action at Memorial Field in Charlottetown.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The P.E.I. Junior Islanders will look to get back in to the win column today in Summerside.

The Islanders lost two six-inning leads in Saturday’s doubleheader in Charlottetown to the Metro Mudcats in a battle of the New Brunswick Junior Baseball League leaders.

Metro improved to 13-2 while P.E.I. is 13-5.

Shawn Bartley's two-run triple in the top of six gave Metro a 3-1 win in the opener.

Starter Jesse Malone (Moncton) and Johnny Arsenault (P.E.I.) had been locked in a pitchers duel through five with P.E.I. holding a 1-0 lead.

Arsenault went the distance, allowing five hits and striking out four. Malone pitched into the seventh until Dom Tardiff got the save in the game, which ended on an interference call as Ryne MacIsaac tried to prevent a double play from being turned.

Connor McGregor and Elijah Hood started the Islanders seventh-inning rally with singles to turn the lineup over. J.J. Oram flew out to centre before MacIsaac singled to load the bases. Darcy Affleck grounded out to second base to end the rally.

MacIsaac had two hits for P.E.I., which jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Oram and Affleck each added hits for the home side while Declan Buckel had two hits for Metro.

P.E.I., behind starter Brett Hicken, took a 2-1 lead into sixth inning of Game 2 until Metro pushed across two runs in each of the sixth and seventh for a 5-2 win.

MacIsaac singed and reached base four times for P.E.I. while Arsenault, Affleck, Logan Gallant and McGregor each had a single hit.

Jeremie Arsenau paced Metro with three hits whole Dylan Logan and Shaun Bartley each had two.

P.E.I. plays Saint John today in a doubleheader in Summerside beginning at noon.

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