Champions break out bats in spring training opener, win 20-0 over NCBL
Vincent Guglietti hit for the cycle, and the Champions bullpen combined for seven innings of shutout baseball to kick off the campaign.
OTTAWA – Spring training started on a good note for the Ottawa Champions Friday morning, with Vincent Guglietti hitting for the cycle and the home side coming away with a 20-0 victory to kick off spring training.
Over 800 school kids saw an offensive explosion for the Champions. They came away with 16 hits and also reached on six NCBL errors.
“I really liked a lot of the players approaches to the plate,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier after the game. “They had good quality at bats and that’s what we wanted to see today.”
Offensively, it wasn’t just the hitting that worked well during the morning contest, according to the Ottawa skipper. The Champions stole bases, which helped create offence early in the contest.
“That’s the game we’re hoping to play all season,” Lanier said. “Stealing bases, moving guys over, getting guys in from third.”
Lanier also said he was satisfied with his pitching staff’s performance – they didn’t walk any batters.
Ottawa’s next spring training contest will take place Tuesday afternoon, when the Trois-Rivieres Aigles come in for a 1:35 p.m. first pitch at RCGT Park.