Chrismon Deals as Champions Take Series Over Quebec
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions took the series finale against the Quebec Capitales 3-2 to secure the series victory.
The win on Sunday afternoon was the team's ninth win in their last ten games, and their fifth win of the homestand.
"We won the series and that's the most important thing," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
Champions' ace Austin Chrismon (W, 7-3) dominated the game was dominated. He threw a complete game while only allowing two runs and four hits. He also struck out seven Capitales on the day.
"Austin Chrismon was Austin Chrismon, he's a workhorse," said Lanier on his starter. "When he gets on the mound he wants to go nine innings."
The Capitales opened the scoring with a bomb from Maxx Tissenbaum over the right field wall. His ninth homer of the year made it 1-0 in the second.
That homerun was the only hit that Chrismon allowed in the first five innings.
In the fifth, the Champions loaded the bases for Gustavo Pierre who drove in a pair of runs with a single to left field. The score was 2-1 at that point.
Capitales' starter Joseph Maher (L, 3-3) went 5.1 innings allowing just the two earned runs on three hits. His unique pitching style disrupted the Champions timing as he recorded five strikeouts during the game.
He left the sixth inning with two runners on and one out for Andrew Elliott, who got Pierre to ground into the inning ending double play.
Steve Nyisztor added a bit of insurance in the seventh as he singled home Matt Helms from second to make it 3-1. The run turned out to be the deciding score of the ballgame.
The Capitales tacked on a run with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one but they couldn't muster up the game-tying run.
Both Ricky Oropesa and Matt Helms left Sunday's game with undisclosed injuries. Oropesa left after fouling a ball off his foot, meanwhile Helms left a few innings after colliding with Tyson Gillies in the outfield.
"Hopefully both of them are alright, but the good thing is we have a day off tomorrow," said Lanier.
After an off day on Monday the Champions will be back in action in Sussex County for a huge series against the Miners. First pitch on Tuesday night will be at 7:05pm.
Tickets for the 2017 regular season and Can-Am League vs. American Association All-Star Game are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com or in person at the RCGT Park box office.