Borkowski Goes Eight Strong as Champions Win Sixth Straight
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions captured their sixth straight win on Wednesday night with a 6-1 victory over the Sussex County Miners.
"It was a good team effort. The guys are picking each other up," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "If one guy doesn't get the job done, the next hitter comes up and really battles."
Coming off a great start in New Jersey, Steve Borkowski (W, 4-5) was once again lights out. He went eight innings while only allowing a single earned run. He also only allowed four hits from the twenty-eight batters he faced.
"I had good command of my fastball tonight, for the most part I was around the plate more than usual, which is a good thing," said Borkowski.
The ball was flying out of RCGT Park as three balls left the yard during the game.
The teams traded solo homers in the second inning. Rubi Silva got the Miners on the board first, but Steve Brown responded with his fourth homer of the year as he pulled one over the left field wall.
The Champions broke open the scoring in the fourth. Steve Nyisztor drove in a run on a bunt single, and then Ottawa loaded the bases for Tyson Gillies. He ripped a liner to right field for a two-RBI single. Just like that it was 4-1 after five innings.
Daniel Bick connected with a solo homer of his own in the sixth. The leadoff man muscled one over the left field wall for his fourth homerun of the year, increasing Ottawa's lead to 5-1.
"Bick had a good night, played great defence and hit his first homerun here in Ottawa," said Lanier.
Borkowski seemed to be getting better as the game rolled on as he did not face more than four batters in an inning past the second. That included a three up, three down eighth before he was taken from the game.
"After he gave up the homerun he settled down and really had good stuff tonight," said Lanier.
Bick struck again in the eighth with an RBI single to left field that scored Gustavo Pierre.
Adam Eggnatz made his home debut and worked a perfect ninth to cap off the game.
The Champions will look for the series sweep as they wrap up their series with the Miners on Thursday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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.