Champions Rally Late But Fall to Jackals on Canada Day
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The New Jersey Jackals defeated the Ottawa Champions 14-8 on a Saturday afternoon matinee on Canada Day.
"We just have to turn the page. We didn't have much of an opportunity to win that ballgame," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "I was impressed the way the ball club kept playing hard."
Jackals' starter Lee Sosa (W, 4-0) who went seven innings while only allowing an earned run dominated the game. He was throwing a one-hitter until he ran into trouble in the sixth inning.
The Jackals came close to breaking through in the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Gil managed to get Rylan Sandoval to ground into the inning-ending double play.
They did finally break through an inning later as Adam Martin's base hit scored two runs with the bases loaded. They continued to rally with two outs and scored another pair of runs to make it 4-0.
That marked the end for Yean Carlos Gil (L, 0-5) who allowed four earned runs in four innings. He was taken out of the game after an elbow injury.
"After four innings I said that's it and I knew he wasn't right," said Lanier.
The Jackals continued their offensive onslaught in the fifth. A pair of RBI doubles from Brian Burgamy and D'vontrey Richardson highlighted what was a three-run inning. It was 7-0 after five.
With the score 8-0, the Champions managed to get in a little offense of their own. Sebastien Boucher hit an RBI double, but an error on the play allowed another run to score.
The Jackals responded with four runs of their own in the seventh putting the game out of reach.
The Champions did add on four more runs in the eighth which included a Ricky Oropesa two-RBI single and a Matt Helms RBI double.
A couple of runs in the ninth for the Jackals put the game to bed.
The Champiosn made things interesting in the ninth as they rallied to score four runs but it was not enough to catch New Jersey.
Despite the team's struggles, Sebastien Boucher had a great game as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and walk.
The Champions will wrap up their four game series with the Jackals on Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:35pm.