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Kurokawa masterful, Champions win big

2018 June 30

Kurokawa became the first player in Champions history to record two complete-game shutouts.

GRAHAM NEYSMITH
 

OTTAWA – RHP Jordan Kurokawa was untouchable, tossing his second complete game shutout of the season in a 10-0 Champions victory over the New Jersey Jackals.
 
“Jordan and [catcher Zak Colby] were on the same page the whole night,” said manager Hal Lanier following the win. “He turned in a brilliant performance. He had all of his pitches working.”
 
Kurokawa gave up only four hits, no walks and struck out five over nine complete innings. The Hawaiian improved his record to 4-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.22. Kurokawa now leads the franchise in all-time complete-game shutouts with two.
 
The Champions defence was solid behind Kurokawa. SS Daniel Bick made an athletic, spinning play behind second base, 3B Jordan Caillouet made several impressive throws and CF Chase Harris had a show-stopping, diving catch in centre field.
 
“We have good character,” said Lanier. “The players go out there and they play hard for me for nine innings. After you lose a ballgame like last night’s, it would have been very easy to let down, but they didn’t.”
 
The brunt of the damage offensively was done in the fourth inning, when the Champions got nine runners across on eight hits. Every Ottawa batter recorded a hit on the day, and only Caillouet failed to score a run, despite going 3-for-5.
 
LF Coco Johnson and RF Steve Brown also recorded multi-hit days, while 1B Vinny Guglietti had two RBIs.
 
The Champions will try to take the series against New Jersey tomorrow at RCGT Park. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. and several Canada Day festivities will take place, including players from the Ottawa Senators development camp throwing out the first pitch.

Tickets for the CANADA DAY GAME featuring Ottawa Senators prospects, and the rest of the Champions schedule can be purchased by visiting www.ottawachampions.com, in-person at the RCGT Park box office, or by calling 613-745-BALL (2255).
 
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