Grauer’s Big Night Gives Lanier 900th Win
By Mike Nellis
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – It was a memorable night for the Ottawa Champions in Pomona, NY. A two-homer, six-RBI game from Danny Grauer pushed the Champions passed the Rockland Boulders 13-9 in a high-scoring affair that landed Hal Lanier his 900th win as an independent baseball manager.
“I guess I’ve been around for a long time to get that many wins,” Lanier joked. “I’ve been very fortunate to manage some very good players.”
Lanier’s win comes after independent managing stints that have brought him all across North America. He has managed in Winnipeg, Joliet, Sussex, Normal, and now Ottawa, in a career that has kept him in indy ball since 1996.
After a good start for Rockland that saw them leading 5-0, the Champions offence woke up in the third inning.
Daniel Bick hit a RBI single to center field and Matt Helms scored the Champions first run of the game. Then, Steve Brown advanced to first on a fielder’s choice that scored two runs, cutting the Champions deficit to two runs.
Grauer’s two home runs gave Ottawa the go-ahead runs, coming in the fourth and fifth inning respectively putting his team ahead by a score of 7-5.
The Champions added to their lead in the eighth inning. With the base loaded, Steve Nysztor hit a RBI single and gave the Champions a 10-7 lead. The Champions added three more runs in the 8th inning and take a commanding 13-7 lead.
The Champions won the game 13-9. The third game of this four game set will be played tomorrow at 6:30 in Pomona, NY, with the Champions looking to string some wins together.