Champions Explode Early, Hand Quebec First Loss of Series
By Tyler McDonald
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions ended their three game losing streak with a 9-4 win over the Quebec Capitales Saturday night.
It was an offensive performance needed to spark the final push for the playoffs as the Champions still sit two and a half games back of the Sussex County Miners for the final Can-Am League playoff spot.
“It was a good night, we had a little meeting and hopefully the guys relaxed more,” said Champions manager Hal Lanier. “I think we were put to much pressure on ourselves and trying a little bit too hard, and tonight they came out swinging.”
Steve Borkowski (W, 8-7) threw a strong six and two third innings only allowing five hits and two earned runs. Add six strikeouts to his night and Borkowski left the mound with his head held high after a solid outing.
“Borkowski was able to get some ground balls, it was good to see that,” said Lanier.
The Champions bats got to Murilo Gouvea (L, 1-3) early and often with Daniel Bick, Steve Nyisztor and Gustavo Pierre all getting two RBI each, ending Gouvea’s night after just three innings.
The peak of the night for the Champions came in the third inning as they played some small ball. Highlighted by a Bick double into left that scored two, the Champions got 5 insurance runs in making it 9-1 at the time.
The final game of this four game set goes Sunday at RCGT Park with the Champions looking to draw even in the series, and that inch closer to the playoffs. Phillippe Aumont (4-4) will take the mound for the Champions tomorrow against Joseph Maher (5-4).
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.