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Champs snap losing skid against Capitales

2018 July 17

Steve Borkowski turned in a heroic performance.

Graham Neysmith

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Champions ended their seven-game losing streak in convincing fashion by beating the Quebec Capitales 10-2 on Tuesday night at RCGT Park. 

“You have to give credit to RHP Steve Borkowksi. He really had good game today,” said manager Hal Lanier following the victory. “He got ahead of the hitters tonight. He had a great fastball and hit his spots pretty well. We got a quality start from him.”

Every Champions batter got a hit on the evening, and Borkowski turned in a heroic performance. Eight strong innings of four-hit ball was more than enough for the righty to earn his third win of the year.  

“The offence came alive and swung the bats well,” said Lanier. “Everyone picked each other up. We got a lot of two-out base hits with people in scoring position. That’s what we haven’t been doing.” 

The Champions got to RHP Karl Gélinas early and often, as the Can-Am League legend couldn’t make it out of the third inning. The first frame saw Ottawa send eight batters to the plate, with CF Chase Harris, SS Daniel Bick and DH Sebastien Boucher scoring. 

The game marked Harris’s fourth straight game in the leadoff spot, and also his fourth straight game recording a hit in the game’s first at-bat. The centre fielder ended the day 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. 

The Champions broke out the bats again in the third inning, scoring three more runs. RF Steve Brown, 1B Vinny Guglietti and 2B Michael Hungate got across the plate. 

Another bright spot for Ottawa was 3B Jordan Caillouet. He was a late addition to the lineup after it looked like he was going to get his first day off of the season, but was slotted in and hit a two-run double and was his usual dependable self in the field.

The early offence was all Borkowski needed, as eight innings matched his longest outing of the year. LHP Evan Rutckyj closed out the game for the Champions. 

Ottawa will look to build on their outstanding offensive performance tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18 at 7:05 p.m. The Champions will then remain at home for a four-game set with the Trois-Rivières Aigles starting on Thursday, July 19. Tickets for every Champions home game can be purchased at ottawachampions.com, in-person at the RCGT Park box office or by calling the Champs at 613-745-2255 (BALL). 

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