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Champions snap a five game skid with a win over the Boulders

2019 July 25

Jordan Kurokawa tossed seven strong innings, leading the Ottawa Champions to a victory over the Boulders on Thursday night.  

Dante De Caria

Pamona, NY – Jordan Kurokawa pitched seven strong innings, and the Ottawa Champions defeated the Rockland Boulders, 4-2, in the finale of a four game set on Thursday night at Palisades Credit Union Park.

The Champions snap a season-high five game losing-streak, and finish 2-5 on the road trip. They drop three of four to Rockland and two of three to Quebec.

Champions starter Jordan Kurokawa (Win 1-4) allowed two earned runs on two solo homers over seven innings of work. He pitched seven innings or more for the third time this season, while also picking up his first win since September 1, 2018 against Rockland.

After Matt Oberste opened the scoring for the Boulders with a solo home run in the second. Champions catcher Andy Mocahbee tied the game with his fourth homer of the season in the third. Brian Portelli gave the Champions the lead in the fourth, as he singled in Steve Brown for his team leading 37th RBI of the season.

Chase Harris cut the Rockland deficit to 4-2 with his fourth home run of the season in the seventh inning. Kida De La Cruz and Austin Glorius (Save, 2) tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth inning for the win.

Boulders starter Tommy Shirley (Loss, 2-6) tossed seven innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

Steve Brown recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-4 with a run. Malik Collymore went 1-for-3 with a double and Maikol Gonzalez tripled for the first time this season.

The Champions begin a three game home series against the Sussex County Miners over the weekend, with the first game starting up at 7:05 p.m., on Friday.