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Champions Continue Hot Streak with Convincing Win to Open Series

2017 July 22

By Mike Nellis

Photo: Marc Lafleur

Ottawa, ON – After dropping their final game against the Sussex County Miners, the Ottawa Champions rebounded convincingly with a 6-2 win over the New Jersey Jackals in the series-opening game at Yogi Berra Stadium Friday.

“Chrismon pitched another solid game,” Champions manager Hal Lanier said after the game. “We made an error behind him in the first inning but we came back. Offensively we had a good day.”

“I don’t think we did anything different against (New Jersey) than we did against Sussex County. It always makes a difference when you get base hits with people in scoring position.”

The Jackals would get on the board first, after Steve Nyisztor made an error at second base allowing Johnny Bladel to score from second base, giving New Jersey a 1-0 lead in the first.

After the Jackals made it 2-0, one swing of the bat was all the Champions needed to break the game open. Steve Brown came up to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the third, and cleared them with a double scoring three runs and vaulting Ottawa to the lead.

They wouldn’t look back from there, and took a 6-2 decision away from the first game of the series. Austin Chrismon (W, 8-3) took away his third straight win.

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