Champions Lose Ground After Loss to Boulders
By Craig Richenback
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions now find themselves in must-win territory after a tough 1-0 loss to the Rockland Boulders on Friday night.
Thanks to a doubleheader split between the Sussex County Miners and Trois-Rivieres Aigles, the Champions find themselves two games out of a playoff spot with three to go.
Rockland got on the board early with a run in the first inning. After Mike Fransoso and Dylan Tice walked to start the game, Joe Maloney lined an RBI single to centre to make it 1-0.
Champions starter Austin Chrismon and Boulders starter Justin Topa settled into a pitchers’ duel after that, with neither allowing another run.
Chrismon (L, 8-7) pitched seven innings, allowing the lone run on six hits while striking out three and walking four
Topa (W, 14-3) was just a little better, allowing only three hits over seven shutout innings, striking out four and walking one, and picking up his league leading 14th win.
Mayckol Guaipe came in with the bases loaded and two out in the eighth and retired Sebastien Boucher on a fly out to left field, and then pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save.
The Champions and Boulders continue their series on Saturday at 7:05 pm at RCGT Park. Daniel Cordero (8-5, 3.52 ERA) gets the ball for Ottawa while Rockland sends Markus Solbach (10-4, 3.78 ERA) to the mound.