Champions split double header vs Miners
AUGUSTA, N.J. – The Ottawa Champions (23-26) opened up a four-game road trip against the Sussex County Miners (32-15) splitting a doubleheader on Friday evening at Skylands Stadium.
The teams played two games back-to-back after Thursday’s game was postponed. All games in the Can-Am League were postponed or suspended yesterday due to bad weather in the New Jersey area.
Jared Mortensen (Win, 4-2) pitched a complete game shutout to give Ottawa a 6-0 win over Sussex County.
Mortensen gave up three hits and one walk over seven dominant innings in the double-header-shortened game. The Champions took advantage of the Miners’ two errors to score three unearned runs early on in the game.
Ottawa quickly opened the scoring with a three-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run single from Vinny Guglietti. One inning later, Eduard Pinto got into the RBI column with a single in to extend the lead to 4-0.
Mortensen opened the game retiring the first 12 batters he faced, on route to his highest strikeout performance of the season and second consecutive win. Sussex County first baseman Audy Ciriaco snapped the Canadian right hander’s perfect game bid in the fifth inning.
Ottawa extended its lead to 6-0 on RBI singles from Steve Brown and Jiandido Tromp in the sixth inning. All six runs came off Sussex County starting pitcher Tom Burns, who went 5-2/3 innings and took the loss.
Maikol Gonzalez and Pinto each had two hits and two runs scored. Guglietti lead the team with his two RBIs.
The second game of the double header was a pitching duel between ending in a 1-0 victory for Sussex County over Ottawa.
Right hander Phillippe Aumont (Loss, 5-3) allowed one run on four hits over six innings for his second complete game of the season. With nine strikeouts on the evening, the Gatineau native now has seven outings with eight or more strikeouts.
Aumont held the Miners scoreless until the sixth inning, when a throwing error by Matt Foley allowed Nate Coronado to score the game’s sole run.
Sussex County starting pitcher Jeff Thompson was dominant over his six innings of one-hit ball. Thompson held Ottawa hitless until the sixth inning when Gonzalez ripped a single into the outfield.
Reliever Ryan Newell came into the game for the Miners in the seventh for his eighth save of the season and solidified the double-header split.
Gonzalez led the team with a 3-for-7 day at the plate, extending his hit streak to four games and his on-base streak to eight. Tromp extended his on-base streak to nine games, with a single in game one and a pair of walks in game two.
Ottawa will look to take game three of the four-game series against Sussex County on Saturday evening. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.