Rain Forces Champions and Jackals to Wrap Up Game Saturday
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions will have to wait another day to wrap up their second game of a set in New Jersey against the Jackals.
After a pair of lengthy rain delays, the Can-Am League’s curfew rule forced the umpires to suspend the game. At the time, the Champions were pulling away with an 8-2 lead.
The game will be completed at 5:05 pm, prior to the third game of the series.
"Our offense was very aggressive, we came up with some big hits," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
The Jackals kicked off the scoring in the second as Conrad Gregor knocked in a pair of runs with a double.
The Champions had their chances early on, including in the fourth where they had two runners in scoring position but were interrupted by the rain.
The rain forced an hour and 15-minute delay before play was finally resumed.
Once they resumed the Jackals escaped the inning without any damage, but they were not able to keep the Champions off the scoreboard for much longer after that.
In the fifth, Gustavo Pierre launched a solo shot for his fourth homerun of the year. It was also his second homerun in as many nights against New Jersey and his fifth RBI of the series.
The Champions took the lead in the seventh thanks to some clutch hitting. First, Sebastien Boucher grounded a single out of the right side of the infield to score Carson Helms. Then, with two men in scoring position, Tyson Gillies blooped a single into left field. It dropped just in front of the charging outfielder and scored two runs.
Just like that the Champions took a 4-2 lead and hold it into Saturday.
They continued their offensive attack into the eighth. After the first two batters reached to begin the inning, Carson Helms dropped a bunt in an attempt to move the runners over. However, a throwing error from Taylor Brennan allowed a run to score.
Then the rain fell again, forcing another rain delay.
When play resumed, Steve Nyisztor ripped a deep fly ball off the wall scoring two more for the Champions. The next batter, Sebastien Boucher, singled home Nyisztor to make it 8-2.
Jared Price made his debut for the Champions and is currently in line for his first Can-Am win. He went two scoreless innings in relief and didn't allow a single baserunner during his outing.
"I liked what I saw from him. He had a good fastball, breaking ball wasn't bad for not being in a game for a while," said Lanier on Price's debut.
The Champions will continue their series with the Jackals on Saturday night and will look to ensure the series victory. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm.
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.