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All Hale: Hale shines as Champions win thriller

2018 May 23

RHP Jake Hale went pitch-for-pitch with former Cy Young Award finalist RHP Mat Latos in an enthralling game that the Champions won 4-0. 

GRAHAM NEYSMITH
 

OTTAWA – RHP Jake Hale went pitch-for-pitch with former Cy Young Award finalist RHP Mat Latos in an enthralling game that the Champions won 4-0. Hale, RHP Tyler Knigge and LHP Scott Maine mowed down the New Jersey Jackals hitters, allowing only four hits and no walks on the evening at RCGT Park.
 
“You have to take your hat off to the players,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier. “They came back after last night’s loss and we got a great starting performance from Jake Hale. The pitching was solid today and I’m very happy to see that.”
 
The game featured a bit of everything. Latos looked untouchable early on, but then a freak base hit which ricochet off second base from OF Chase Harrisignited the Champions. Harris was brought home from third via a sacrifice fly from 3B Jordan Caillouet.
 
The Champions were able to tack on two more runs in the sixth inning, with SS Daniel Bick and DH Sebastien Boucher reaching home with RBIs going to 2B Steve Nyisztor and OF Steve Brown, respectively.
 
“We played our game. We stole some bases and had some clutch base hits,” said Lanier. “Latos was pitching well, but we played a good ball game. It’s good to win this series and get to .500.”
 
Meanwhile, Hale and his defense continued to frustrate Jackals hitters. Harris took away an extra base hit by soaring through the air in left-centre field. It all boiled over when New Jersey 1B Dean Green hit what looked to be a home run, but was ruled foul by the umpires. Manager Brooks Carey was tossed for arguing the call.
 
The exciting contest caps off the Champions season opening homestand. Ottawa (3-3) will now hit the road for series with the Sussex County Miners (starting Friday, May 25) and the Jackals (starting Tuesday, May 29). Ottawa will return to RCGT Park on Friday, June 1 to face the Miners in a three-game set.
 
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