Champions Bust out the Bats to Beat the Miners
By Craig Richenback
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions unleashed a 16-hit attack on Saturday night at RCGT Park as they laid down a 10-1 beating on the Sussex County Miners.
Ottawa starter Daniel Cordero pitched eight strong innings to earn his first win of the season, and six Champions recorded multi-hit games, including catcher Danny Grauer who launched a mammoth solo homerun onto Coventry Road in the fifth inning.
“Throughout the lineup we were very aggressive with people in scoring position,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier. “Most everyone in the lineup got at least one hit so I’m very pleased with our effort tonight.”
Sussex County opened the scoring in the second inning.
After Juan Duran led off with a single, Mike Schwartz hit a tailor made double play ball to second baseman Brian Bistagne, but the relay from shortstop Brandon Fischer sailed into the dugout, allowing Schwartz to advance to second.
After a fly ball advanced Schwartz to third, he scored on a single up the middle by Justin Trapp.
But Ottawa answered back in a big way in the bottom of the inning.
Steve Brown and Ricky Oropesa led off with back-to-back singles off starter Silfredo Garcia, who then left the game with an apparent injury.
Michael Suk took over and struck out Gustavo Pierre, but allowed a game-tying RBI single to Matt Helms, before inducing a fly out from Danny Grauer.
Brandon Fischer then picked up his first professional hit and RBI with a go-ahead single to right, and Adron Chambers capped the scoring with a two-run double, giving Ottawa a 4-1 lead.
After scoring a single run in the third, the Champions sealed the deal in the fourth.
With runners on second and third, Brian Bistagne lined an RBI single to right through the draw-in infield. After he stole second, Sebastien Boucher cashed in both runners with a base hit, extending the lead to 8-1.
Daniel Cordero (W, 1-1) allowing only an unearned run on five hits in his eight innings of work, while striking out five and walking just one.
“I was just trying to throw strikes to make them hit, and then my teammates did a great job of defence,” said Cordero. “The fastball inside was working for me, and it was moving a little bit like a sinker so that was a key for me tonight.”
Despite only facing five batters in his one plus innings of work, Garcia (L, 1-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on two hits.
The Champions and Miners play the final game of their three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 pm. Austin Chrismon (2-1, 3.70 ERA) gets the ball for Ottawa while Sussex County goes with Michael Heesch (0-1, 4.07 ERA).