Sussex County scores three in ninth to pull out 4-1 win
RHP David Rollins allowed just four hits, one walk and struck out 10 for the no-decision.
OTTAWA – David Rollins shut out the Ottawa Champions over six strong frames, helping the Sussex County Miners pick up their second straight win over the Champions as part of their weekend series.
The Miners starter allowed just four hits, one walk and striking out 10 for the no-decision. Rollins continues to be amongst the league leaders in pitching for the Miners, having only allowed three earned runs in 26 innings on the mound.
Champions manager Hal Lanier said the team did run into strong pitching, but it was ultimately their four errors that cost them the victory.
“We have to find ways to win ballgames, not give games away,” he said of the errors. “It’s very fundamental baseball – we make four errors, and their run are almost all on the errors.”
Jordan Kurokawa had a strong start on the mound for Ottawa, allowing just one unearned run, striking out five and walking one over five innings of work. Evan Rutckyj (L, 0-1) couldn’t hold the lead in the top half of the ninth as he surrendered three runs to the Miners. Alex Demchak picked up the save for Sussex County.
The Miners had a field day on the base paths as they swiped five bags off Champions pitching. Alex Glenn, Mikey Reynolds, Audy Ciriaco, Martin Figueroa and John Schultz added to their stolen base totals on the young season. They now have 40 on the season, a lengthy lead on the rest of the league.
Daniel Bick collected two hits in the loss while Coco Johnson, Steve Nyisztor, Sebastien Boucher and Chase Harris had one each. The rest of the lineup went hitless for Ottawa.
Sussex County (10-6) pulls into a tie with the Quebec Capitales for first place in the Can Am League while Ottawa (5-9) drops to sixth place as they’ve lost three in a row.
Ottawa is back at in the final game of the series tomorrow as the first pitch will fly just after 1:30 with Miles Sheehan on the mound. Catch the game on Can Am League TV, at the ballpark or listen on CKDJ 107.9 for all the action.