Champions Drop Series Finale to Sussex County in Thursday Matinee
By Craig Richenback
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – A couple homeruns in the sixth inning gave the Sussex County Miners all the offence they needed as they avoided the sweep and beat the Ottawa Champions 4-1 on Thursday afternoon.
Phillippe Aumont made his final start for Ottawa before he gets ready to start the All-Star Game next Tuesday at RCGT Park.
Sussex County opened the scoring in the first inning without recording a hit.
Aumont hit Jay Austin to lead off the game. He then stole second, when to third on a sacrifice by Adron Chambers, and scored on an RBI groundout by Rubi Silva.
The two teams traded zeros until the sixth when Juan Duran hit a two-run homerun and one out later Alexi Colon hit a solo shot to give the Miners a 4-0 lead and some breathing room.
The Champions finally got on the board in the eighth when Steve Nyisztor hit his third homerun in as many games, a solo shot that bounced off the top of the wall and out.
“He’s been swinging the bat really well,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier. “I’ve been impressed with him on offence and defence.”
Aumont (L, 3-3) ended up going six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out nine and walking two.
“The only blemish was the two homers,” said Lanier. “He pitched really well and he had nine strikeouts too.”
Miners starter Kody Kerski (W, 4-1) was just a little better, allowing six hits in seven shutout innings, striking out seven and walking two.
The Champions move on to New Jersey to face the Jackals for a 7:05 pm start on Friday. Austin Chrismon (7-3, 6.17 ERA) goes for his eighth win of the season for Ottawa.