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Champions lock up Chrismon for another year

2018 January 18

RHP AUSTIN CHRISMON, a former Can-Am League pitcher of the year, agreed to a contract for the upcoming season Wednesday afternoon.

OTTAWA — A familiar face to Ottawa Champions faithful will be making a return to RCGT Park in 2018.

RHP AUSTIN CHRISMON, a former Can-Am League pitcher of the year, agreed to a contract for the upcoming season Wednesday afternoon. 

This campaign will be his third as a member of the Champions, making him the longest-serving member of Ottawa’s pitching roster.

Champions manager Hal Lanier got to work on bringing Chrismon back early in the offseason. He spoke to the Newport News, Va. native before the holiday season about returning to the team, and is elated to see one of the more reliable pitchers of the rotation return for another year.

“He is the workhorse of the rotation,” Lanier said. “He logs a lot of innings and gets quality starts while pitching very well.” The skipper said the only thing Chrismon did differently in 2017 was give up more base hits – but his command was still well in control.

“I know he’s going to come in and give 100% every time he’s out there,” he said. “That’s just his makeup, he never wants to come out of a game. And he’s got that mindset that you can stretch him out for longer outings.” 

Innings pitched has routinely been the hallmark of Chrismon’s game, as alluded to by manager Lanier. Chrismon has been in the Can-Am League’s top five inning loggers for the last two years, with 125.1 last season. He led the league with 135.1 in 2016. 

Chrismon jumped at the chance to re-join the Champions after Ottawa’s coaching staff spoke to him. 

“Everyone has made me feel welcome and supported me from my first day in 2016,” Chrismon said. “When Hal reached out to me wanting me to resign, I didn’t think twice.” 

According to Chrismon, the Champions’ main goal in 2017 is simple – win another Can-Am League title. 

“After missing the playoffs entirely last year, it would be a huge goal to make the playoffs and ride it out to another championship for the city of Ottawa,” he said. 

KUROKAWA SIGNS

Ottawa also inked RHP JORDAN KUROKAWA to a contract for the 2018 season Wednesday.

The Hawaii native was traded to Ottawa from the Frontier League’s Windy City ThunderBolts on Dec. 17, in exchange for a player to be named later. 

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