Champions Suffer Worst Loss of Season in Rockland
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Rockland Boulders won a lopsided affair 23-4 on Saturday night against the Ottawa Champions.
The Champions suffered their worst loss of the season, and gave up the most runs in a game in franchise history. They were only able to limit the Boulders to two scoreless innings during the game.
It was all Boulders, all game long as everything was clicking for them offensively. There were six homeruns on Saturday, five of which belonged to Rockland. To add on top of that, the Boulders scored eight of their runs on bases loaded walks.
Raydel Sanchez (L, 1-4) made his second start of the season and was rocked by the high-powered Boulders offence.
Rockland plated four runs in the first inning, including two off the bat of a Jared McDonald homer.
Things went from bad to worse in the second as the Boulders tagged Sanchez for five more runs in the inning. Four of those runs came into score on a Joe Maloney grand slam. His league leading 24th homerun of the year landed on the short porch putting the game out of reach early.
The next batter, Marcus Nidiffer, sent a solo shot out of the ballpark to make it back-to-back homers for the Boulders. It was 9-0 after two.
The lone bright spot for the Champions happened in the third as Matt Helms sent fifth homer onto the short porch to make it 9-2.
However, the momentum was short lived as Mike Fransoso and Mike Montville each connected for solo shots, getting those two runs back and increasing their lead to 13-2.
That marked the end of Sanchez's start as he went 3.2 innings, allowing twelve earned runs on eleven hits. It was an outing that the usual relief pitcher will want to forget.
Boulders starter Markus Solbach (W, 7-4) cruised to the victory allowing three earned runs in his seven innings of work.
The teams traded runs over the sixth and seventh but the Boulders struck for six more runs in the seventh. Chris Motta who was in his third inning of relief walked two batters with the bases loaded. Then, Tyson Gillies came in to pitch from centerfield and walked three more, and allowed an RBI single to make it 19-4.
The Boulders tacked on four more runs in the eighth, three of them came off bases loaded walks making it 23-4.
The Champions will look to avoid the four-game sweep on Sunday evening with first pitch scheduled for 5:00pm.