Champions Jump into Playoff Spot With Lopsided Win
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions looked dominant in a 10-2 victory over the Sussex County Miners on Wednesday night.
The Champions relied on solid starting pitching as well as an offensive outburst to propel them into a playoff spot.
The win marked the sixth straight win on the road as well as the eleventh in their past twelve games.
"We're getting the right mixture of good pitching, timely hitting and good defence," said Champions manager Hal Lanier. "When you do those three things right you're going to win some ballgames."
Daniel Cordero (W, 6-3) was once again lights out as he limited the Miners' offence to just one run. Despite only striking out two batters he was able to go seven innings while allowing four hits and two walks.
"He had great stuff, with good fastballs, good breaking balls. He pitched a very strong ballgame for us," said Lanier.
It was all Champions early on and the scoring happened as soon as the game got underway.
After the leadoff man Bick reached, Steve Nyisztor blasted a two run shot to open the scoring. It was Nyisztor's second homerun in as many games.
The Champions continued to flex their muscles in the third as Ricky Oropesa sent a solo homer over the right field wall. It was 3-0 after three.
In the fourth, Ottawa tacked on a pair of runs. Gustavo Pierre picked up where he left off yesterday with yet another RBI double to the wall. He later came in to score on a base hit up the middle from Daniel Bick.
"Every player is picking up a guy. If someone can't drive in a guy from third base, the next guy will," said Lanier on his team's offensive performance.
The Champions go for the sweep on Thursday morning at 10:35 am. Phillippe Aumont (3-2, 4.52 ERA) makes his final start for Ottawa before the All-Star break while Kody Kerski (3-1, 2.37 ERA) goes for the Miners. Watch the game on canamleague.tv or listen at mixlr.com/scminers.