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Junior Islanders off to winning start

CHARLOTTETOWN – The P.E.I. Junior Islanders started off the 2017 New Brunswick Junior Baseball League season on a good note Saturday.

Jed Noonan

The Islanders swept a doubleheader from the Chatham Ironmen at Memorial Field, winning 3-2 and rallying for a 7-6 come-from-behind decision.
The Islanders were back in action on Monday afternoon in Moncton, N.B., against the Metro Mudcats.

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In Game 1, Porter Smith pitched a complete game in earning the victory. Smith allowed six hits and one walk while striking out five.
The Islanders scored all three of their runs on bases-loaded walks, and only scratched out three hits against Chatham pitchers Leeam Young and Matty Carroll.
Ryne MacIsaac, Dom Ryan and Jed Noonan had P.E.I.’s hits while Jake Digham had two hits for the Ironmen.

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In Game 2, P.E.I. fell behind 6-0 as shoddy defence victimized starter Spencer Horne.
Chatham starter Zach Gosse was perfect into the fifth inning, before Brett Hicken's two-run double got P.E.I. on the board. The Islanders scored three more times in the sixth, which set the stage for Conor McGregor's walk-off two run single in the seventh inning to give the home side a dramatic 7-6 win.
McGregor, a midget affiliate went 3-for-3, with two doubles and four runs batted in, while brother Curtis chipped in two hits. Noonan and Brandon Condon had the other P.E.I. hits.
Winning pitcher Hicken relieved Horne in the fourth, and was outstanding. Hicken only surrendered one unearned run, two hits, two walks and had seven strikeouts. Digham took the loss.

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