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Borkowski Ties Can-Am Strikeout Record, Champions Still Lose 2-1

2017 August 07

By Mike Pattison

Photo: Richard A. Whittaker

Ottawa, ON – Steve Borkowski tied an all-time Can-Am League record by recording 15 strikeouts on Monday afternoon. However, he couldn’t get the victory, as the Ottawa Champions fell 2-1 to the New Jersey Jackals in the series opener at RCGT Park.

Borkowski’s accomplishment ties Mike Antonini who set the record as a Jackal in 2014.

He went nine strong innings and seemed to only get stronger the longer he went. He racked up four strikeouts over the final two innings to tie the record.

"I located my fastball well and my slider was good. My changeup wasn't really there it was kind of a show me pitch today," said Borkowski.

It was a pitcher's duel on Monday afternoon as both Steve Borkowski and Isaac Pavlik showcased their abilities.

Borkowski (L, 7-7) took credit for a tough loss despite going all nine innings and allowing only two earned runs.

Pavlik (W, 10-1) was just as good as he went seven innings allowing just one run on five hits.

The Jackals opened the scoring in the second as Brian Burgamy came in to score on a wild pitch.

After that, Borkowski settled into a groove retiring the next twelve batters he faced, including at one point setting down four straight batters via the strikeout.

Pavlik was rolling into the sixth inning until he made a mistake to Daniel Bick who crushed it for a solo homer. His fifth homer of the year tied up the ballgame at one.

The Jackals immediately responded as in the top half of the seventh, Jon Dziomba singled home Johnny Bladel to give them a 2-1 edge.

Borkowski came out in the eighth and retired the side in order to give his team a chance to comeback. A chance that they did not capitalize on as a combination of Nate Gercken and Johnny Hellweg shut it down the rest of the way.

"I don’t know when our offence is going to wake up," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "It's another loss for us. We're digging ourselves a whole and we better wake up real quick. I'm tired of losing."

Jason Coker made his debut for the Champions. He manned second base and went 0-for-2 with a walk.

The two teams will square off again on Tuesday night with first pitch taking place at 7:05pm. Phillippe Aumont (3-4) will take to the mound for Ottawa against New Jersey's Fernando Cruz (1-1).