Champions score four in the ninth to defeat Aigles
Dante De Caria
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The Ottawa Champions (10-10) scored four runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Trois-Rivieres Aigles (8-13), 7-3 on Friday night at Stade Stereo+.
Rookie catcher Chris Bosco hit a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, giving the Champions’ a 4-3 lead. His base hit was followed by an Eduard Pinto RBI double, and runs scoring on a passed ball and a sacrifice-fly.
In the bottom of the eighth inning and a runner on first, Steve Brown robbed Anthony Hermelyn of extra-bases, making an outstanding running catch up against the wall. Then Evan Rutckyj (Win, 2-1) struck out Aigles’ outfielder Levon Washington with the go-ahead run on second base.
Zach Vennaro struck out two in a scoreless bottom half of ninth inning – lowering his ERA to a team best 0.87 while giving him 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings pitched this season.
Champions starting pitcher Jordan Kurokawa made his second start of the season, and received the no decision, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks over five innings.
Ottawa scored first for the 13th time this season, and were leading 3-0 after the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Caillouet recorded his team leading 14th RBI of the season when he knocked in Brown with a single, and Leonardo Reginatto snapped an 0-for-9 skid with a two-run single.
Taylor Brennan hit his fourth homer of the season in the Aigles half of the fifth. His two-run shot tied the game 3-3, while also giving him his second homer hit against the Champions this season.
Aigles starter Chris Murphy recorded five strikeouts over seven innings, allowing seven hits, three runs and two walks in his fifth outing of the season. Tyler Ferguson (Loss, 2-2) pitched a clean eighth inning, but gave up four runs in the ninth on two hits and two walks.
Steve Brown extended his hit-streak to nine games, going 2-for-4, with two runs scored and his fourth double of the season. Leonardo Reginatto and Eduard Pinto also contributed offensively when multi-hit efforts in the win.
Prior to the game, Ottawa Champions Manager Sebastien Boucher placed RHP Jared Mortensen on the injured list, and added catcher Matt Foley from the injured list.
The Ottawa Champions are back in action tomorrow at 3:05 p.m., at Stade Stereo+ when they send ace Phillippe Aumont to the bump, looking to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season.