The Summerside Chevys are off to a torrid start in the P.E.I. Bantam AAA Baseball League, sitting atop the four-team circuit with a 5-1 (won-lost) record.
After a season-opening loss at the hands of the Capital District Islanders, the Chevys have now collected five consecutive victories.
“We’ve had to work our way around some injuries early in the season, but with a reduced roster we had many opportunities for everyone else to step up and they certainly have done just that out of the gate,” said Chevys head coach Mikeal Thomas.
Following the 9-8 loss to the Islanders in Charlottetown, the Chevys rattled off road victories over Eastern and Mid-Isle, before getting an opportunity to play on their home field at Queen Elizabeth Park.
The Chevys’ next home action will be against the Mid-Isle Mustangs at Queen Elizabeth Park’s Very Important Volunteer (VIV) Field on June 30th. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Following are recaps of recent Chevys’ games:
Chevys 7 Eastern Express 5
At VIV Field, Owen Lynch and Cody McCormack started the evening with back-to-back home runs on consecutive pitches to pace the Chevys’ offence.
Jacob Dunn earned the pitching win, allowing just two hits over five innings of scoreless work. Ethan Smith suffered the loss.
Chevys 11 Capital District 5
At Central Field in Charlottetown, Evan MacDougall sparked the Chevys on the mound and at the plate as Summerside avenged a season-opening loss.
MacDougall worked through four innings of three-hit ball, allowing just two earned runs. Offensively, the left-handed batter’s fourth-inning grand slam broke a 3-3 tie to blow the game open. Carson MacArthur and Dunn had two-hit games to support the effort.
Kal White took the loss for the Islanders.
Chevys 9 Capitals District 8
At the VIV Field, Capital District battled back from an 8-2 deficit, but Summerside managed to pull out its fifth straight victory.
A Lynch home run, as well as two-hit games from MacArthur and Donovan Arsenault, paced the Chevys to an 8-2 lead after four innings. The Islanders quickly responded with four runs in the top of the fifth inning, capped off by a two-run double off the bat of Ty Labobe.
Dunn earned his second win of the season as he collected five strikeouts in four innings of work and allowed just one earned run. White was saddled with the loss.