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Boulders Cruise to 9-0 Win Over Champions

2017 July 29

By Mike Pattison

Photo: Marc Lafleur

Ottawa, ON – It was a rough night for Champions fans as their team fell 9-0 to the Rockland Boulders on Saturday night.

"We only had one good opportunity to score," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "We just have to turn the page and hopefully swing the bats a bit better tomorrow."

Boulders' starter Bo Budkevics (W, 5-2) shut down the Champions through his six innings of work.

Phillippe Aumont (L, 3-4) struggled for Ottawa giving up six earned runs. However, he did manage to go seven innings while striking out ten batters, which gave his team a chance to mount a comeback.

The Boulders opened the scoring early against Aumont. After the first two runners reached safely, a base hit and sac fly platted two runs.

Then in the third, Marcus Nidiffer singled home a run before the Boulders scored another on a double play.

They connected for yet another two run inning in the fifth, this time in the form of a big fly. Boulders' slugger Joe Maloney sent a two-run shot deep over the right field wall to make it 6-0 after five innings. It was Maloney's league-leading 21st homer of the year.

An incident occurred in the bottom half of the fifth that lead to Hal Lanier's first ejection of the season.

A groundball was hit to second base, on his way from first to second Gustavo Pierre ran in front of Dylan Tice who was trying to make the play. The result of the play was that both runners reached their bases safely. Boulders' manager Jamie Keefe went out to argue runner interference and it was awarded to him, effectively ending the inning.

Hal Lanier went out to argue the overturned call and was ejected after arguing with third base umpire Kevin Mandzuk. Jared Lemieux took over as acting manager at that point.

"I thought Gustavo was by him," said Lanier. "What upset me more than anything was that they changed it and I asked the umpire why and couldn't get an answer."

The Champions had a chance to break through in the sixth as they loaded the bases with two outs. However, Gustavo Pierre chopped one to the pitcher to end the inning.

Rockland added three runs in the eighth, two of which came off a Mike Montville two-run homer. It was 9-0 at that point and that's how it would remain.

"It's one of those days where nothing gets going. We weren't aggressive and we weren't attacking the ball offensively and you can see it in the result," said Jared Lemieux.

The Champions will finish their four-game set with the Boulders on Sunday and will look to split the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm at RCGT Park.

Ottawa Champions single game tickets can be purchased online at www.ottawachampions.com, by phone at 613-745-2255, or in person at the RCGT Park box office.