Chrismon Shines as Champions Split Twin Bill
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions and New Jersey Jackals split a doubleheader to kick off a four game series at RCGT Park.
The Champions relied on a complete game performance from Austin Chrismon to win 5-2 in the first game.
However, their offense sputtered in game two as they fell 4-3.
Two Champions in particular, Austin Chrismon and Steve Brown, dominated game one.
Austin Chrismon (W, 5-2) threw a seven-inning complete game for the Champions as he picked up the victory.
He was exceptional, only allowing two earned runs on four hits. He had three 1-2-3 innings during the game and only ran into trouble in the sixth.
"He had a good changeup tonight and he used it very effectively. He pitched a good ballgame," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
Steve Brown kicked off the scoring on Friday with an RBI single in the first inning.
In the fourth, he attempted to steal third and ended up coming around to score on a throwing error from Jackals' catcher Richard Stock.
Ottawa doubled their lead in the fifth. After loading the bases with two outs, Danny Grauer hit a short chopper down the third base line. Jackals' relief pitcher Zach Arneson throw to first was off line and two runners scored.
Rylan Sandoval pulled the Jackals within striking distance with a two-run shot. His fifth homerun of the year made it 4-2 after the top half of the sixth.
The Champions tacked on a run in the bottom half, making it 5-2.
Chrismon finished off his complete game in the seventh and secured the win for Ottawa.
Unfortunately for Ottawa, game two did not go as well as the first.
After the Jackals took an early lead, Ricky Oropesa responded in a big way. He hit an RBI triple to the left field wall and later scored on a wild pitch. After two innings the Champions led 2-1.
Ricky Oropesa stood out offensively for the Champions as he went 3-for-3 with a triple and two doubles.
It wouldn't take long for the Jackals to respond as they connected for two runs to take the lead on a sacrifice fly from Conrad Gregor and an RBI single from Brian Joynt.
In the fourth, a sacrifice fly scored another run for the Jackals but the Champions would get it right back thanks to an RBI single from Matt Helms. It was 4-3 after four innings.
Steve Borkowski (L, 2-5) only went four innings while allowing three earned runs. But the short started allowed for Noah Gapp to make his debut for the Champions.
Gapp made an immediate impression as he struck out a pair of batters and did not allow a run in his three innings of work.
"He came right at hitters and when he did get behind he was able to come back and get them," said Lanier on Gapp's debut.
The Champions could not beat Jackals' closer Johnny Hellweg in the seventh.
The two teams will meet for a Canada Day matinee on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:35pm.