JACKALS POUNCE ON EARLY OPPORTUNITIES, DEFEAT CHAMPIONS 9-3
Champions drop their third straight in series opening loss to Jackals.
Little Falls, NJ- The Ottawa Champions (28-40) opened up a three game series against the New Jersey Jackals (35-31) on Friday night, falling in the opener 9-3, and extending their losing streak to three games.
Champions starter Jared Mortensen (Loss, 4-6) and went six innings, allowing a season high 11 hits and nine runs (six earned) while walking and striking out two.
The Champions fell into an early hole by allowing two runs in the first followed by three more in the second.
Malik Collymore’s double in the third inning scored Andy Mocahbee from second to get the Champions on the board, but that was quickly erased by four Jackals runs in the fourth inning.
Ottawa was able to push across a pair of runs in the fifth, making it 93. First, Mocahbee doubled and scored on an error, then a single from Maikol Gonzalez drove in Nick DeTringo.
The Jackals received a quality start from Brandon Butler (Win 4-2) who allowed all three runs on three hits over seven innings of work. Jackals pitching was able to strikeout a combined 12 Champions in the victory.
Andrew Cooper and Heath Bowers worked out of the bullpen, tossing two shutout innings in relief of Mortensen.
Ottawa moves to 6-15 in the second half. They also fall to 2-9 without pitchers Phillippe Aumont and Evan Rutckyj, and 1-4 since Steve Brown, who all left for the Pan-Am games.
Jordan Kurokawa will get the start tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m., as the Champions look to end Jackals four game win streak, taking on right-hander Lendy Castillo.