Champions Prevail In 12-inning Battle Over Jackals
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions continued their undefeated streak in New Jersey with a 7-2 win over the Jackals.
After putting up only two runs through eleven innings, the Champions exploded for five runs in the twelfth to grab the win.
Two of the league's strongest starters were on the mound as Austin Chrismon and David Richardson were lights out, yet neither were factored into the decision.
Both posted similar stat lines as Chrismon went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits.
Meanwhile, Richardson went seven innings, allowing two runs as well, but he was able to rack up ten strikeouts on the night.
Matt Helms got things started for the Champions in the third as he launched a solo homerun to leadoff the inning. His fourth homer of the year made it 1-0.
Gustavo Pierre doubled home Steve Brown to double their lead to 2-0 in the top half of the fourth.
However, Richard Stock responded in the bottom half of the inning as he launched a solo homer of his own to get the Jackals on the board. After a pair of hectic innings the Champions lead 2-1
New Jersey managed to tie the game in the sixth thanks to Richard Stock once again. This time he doubled home a run to tie up the ballgame. At that point, both teams had a solo homerun and an RBI double to their credit.
Adam Eggnatz came into the game in relief and pitched two scoreless innings to send it to extras.
The Champions had a great opportunity in the tenth as Danny Grauer reached third with just one out. However, back-to-back strikeouts by Johnny Hellweg got the Jackals out of the inning.
Danny Grauer was dynamite defensively in extras as he threw out Johnny Bladel to end the tenth inning, then with the tie-breaker rules in effect caught Bladel in no man's land between second and third to get out of the jam. This made way for the high-scoring twelfth for the Champions.
Tyson Gillies and Gustavo Pierre had back-to-back triples to score a pair. Danny Grauer followed it up with a RBI base hit only to come around and score on a throwing error that ended up in the Jackals dugout. Steve Nyisztor continued the rally as he connected for an RBI single, capping off the five-run inning.
Ricky Oropesa made his return to the Champions' lineup after missing action for a couple of weeks. He went hitless in five at-bats on the night.
The two teams will square off again on Wednesday as first pitch is scheduled for an early 11:05am start. It will be the last time the Champions will play at Yogi Berra Stadium this season.
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.