Aigles Score Six in the Ninth to Complete Comeback and Sweep Champions
By: Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Trois-Rivieres Aigles completed the series sweep in stunning fashion as they rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to walk off the Ottawa Champions 6-5.
With the Champions up by five, Chris Motta and Victor Beriguete let the game slip away from their grasp as the Aigles batted around the lineup and eventually scored the game-winning run.
With the bases loaded and the go-ahead run at second base, Brenden Webb singled to centerfield and Ryan Brockett came around to end the ballgame.
Things started off well for the Champions as it looked like they were going to cruise to an easy victory.
They got to work right away and were able to score in the first. Tyson Gillies led off the inning with a triple and then scored on an RBI single from Steve Nyisztor.
The story was much the same in the third for Ottawa. Gillies led off the inning with a double this time and then later came into score on a Sebastien Boucher grounder. After three innings the Champions lead 2-0.
In the sixth, Aigles' third baseman Daniel Mateo committed a costly error, which allowed the Champions to capitalize and increase their lead to 4-0. With two runners on, Danny Grauer hit a groundball to Mateo, who then threw the ball away. Steve Brown came in to score and Gustavo Pierre made his way to third. Pierre scored right after on a sacrifice fly from Matt Helms.
The Aigles sent left-hander Pat Peterson to the mound in the seventh. It was Peterson's first appearance since being released from the Champions last Thursday and ironically it came against his former team.
The Champions did not take it easy on Peterson as Boucher hit an RBI single, which scored Gillies. The run increased their lead to 5-0 and was also Gillies' third run of the night.
Yean Carlos Gil had an excellent night in his seven innings of work. He had batters scratching their heads all night long as he racked up an impressive ten strikeouts, while only allowing three hits. His scoreless outing was just what this team needed to get back into the win column, but unfortunately it did not pan out that way.
The Champions will have an off day on Thursday before returning to RCGT Park on Friday for the beginning of the series against the Cuban National Team. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.