Champions drop both games of double-header against Boulders
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Champions dropped a double-header to the Rockland Boulders on Tuesday, losing the first game 9-5 and the second game 2-0.
Jiandido Tromp hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh to make it 9-5 Rockland but it was too little too late for the Champions as that’s as close as they would get to a comeback.
Leonardo Reginatto also scored for Ottawa in the top of the seventh after Larry Balkwill was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Tromp hit his grand slam at the next at-bat.
Jesse Lepore (2-4) had a forgettable outing, lasting just 3 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with just one strikeout. The Champions bullpen didn’t give him much support either. Matt Valin and newly signed Kida De La Cruz threw a solid 1 1/3 innings, but Andrew Cooper allowed five earned runs on five hits in his one inning.
Jordan Caillouet went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Ottawa and Malike Collymore went 1-for-2 with a walk.
JD Busfield earned the win for the Boulders, striking out five over 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.
The game was the first without pitchers Phillippe Aumont and Evan Rutcykj for the Champions, as both men are off to Lima, Peru to represent Canada at the Pan-Am Games.
Rockland took an early lead and wouldn’t look back, as their two runs over the first two innings would hold up as the Boulders shut out the Champions 2-0 in the back half of the double-header.
Jared Mortensen threw a great game for Ottawa, his second complete game of the season. He struck out five batters and allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with one walk.
Reginatto and Andy Mocahbee both went 2-for-2 but the Champions couldn’t muster any more offense.
Landon Holifield threw four scoreless innings for the Boulders, striking out three and allowing three hits for the win. Robbie Gordon struck out one batter en route to the save.
The teams face each other again in game three of this four-game series at 11 a.m. on Wednesday from Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland. Danny Garcia gets the start for Ottawa.