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Champions fall to Jackals in high-scoring affair

2018 May 22

The spirited, offensive game featured 33 hits and a total of 94 separate plate appearances.

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Champions dropped the second game of their three-game set with the New Jersey Jackals by a score of 14-9. The spirited, offensive game featured 33 hits and a total of 94 separate plate appearances.
“When you see that many base hits between two clubs, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say ‘hey, the pitching wasn’t there tonight,’” said Champions manager Hal Lanier following the game. “I will give my offense credit, they battled back. Our pitching staff has to do a better job, especially our starters.”
The Champions were in a big hole from the onset, as starting RHP Jordan Kurokawa gave up seven runs in the first two innings. After three full innings, Ottawa found themselves behind 12-1.
The Champions did manage a rally in the bottom of the fourth. Ottawa put up seven runs, with OF Coco Johnson cashing two with a triple and 3B Jordan Caillouet earning two RBIs in the inning as well. 1B Vinny Guglietti (2-for-4, a home run and two runs scored) and C Mike Blanke (2-for-3, run scored) were other bright spots on offense for the home squad.
RHP Bobby St. Pierre was able to stop the bleeding from the sixth inning onward, giving up only two runs on four hits. Lanier was also quick to commend RHP Andrew Cooper, who was signed earlier in the day and thrown right into game action. However, the Champions could not overcome the early deficit.
“We have to get more quality starts from our starters,” said Lanier, whose club fell to 2-3 on the year with the loss. “We’re getting behind too much and we’re giving up a lot of big runs early.”
The Champions will finish up their homestand against the Jackals tomorrow, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Ottawa will then hit the road, facing the Sussex County Miners starting on May 25 and then the Jackals again starting on May 29.