Champions Rebound On Aumont's Stellar Performance
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions secured a bounce-back victory on Tuesday night by defeating the New Jersey Jackals 5-1.
Champions' fans saw two aspects of their team get back to normal as their offence was able to drive in runs and Phillippe Aumont was back to throwing a lights out performance.
"All-around good ballgame, good pitching, timely hitting and that's something we really needed," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager.
Aumont (W, 4-4) was dominant as he went eight innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits. He also racked up an impressive eight strikeouts as the Jackals offence was struggling to square up anything he threw.
"We kept it simple but at the same time we played a little chess game where we mixed it up when they showed some weakness," said Aumont on his and his catcher, Danny Grauer's approach to the Jackals lineup.
The Champions' slumping offence was brought back to life and Daniel Bick got things kicked off with a bang.
He drove the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for his sixth homerun of the year. It was the third time this season that a Champions' leadoff man had connected for a homer to start the game.
Things got even better for Ottawa in the second as the team sent eight batters to the plate and drove in four runs. After newly acquired Austin Marcellus hit an RBI groundout, Daniel Bick and Matt Helms had back-to-back doubles to drive in three more. It was 5-0 after two innings.
With the double and the homerun, Daniel Bick went 2-for-4 with three RBI and was named the Player of the Game.
"He got us off to the right start, he had a great night tonight," said Lanier on Bick's performance.
The Jackals loaded the bases in the third, but Aumont avoided danger by getting Brian Burgamy to groundout to end the frame.
It was quiet after that as both Jackals' starter Fernando Cruz (L, 1-2) and Phillippe Aumont shut things down on the mound.
The Jackals were finally able to get to Aumont in the eighth. Brian Burgamy sent a line drive single to centerfield to score Max Casper.
However, that's all the Jackals were able to muster up as Garrett Cortright closed it out in the ninth.
Austin Marcellus made his Ottawa Champions debut and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. His double in the fourth inning was his first career professional hit.
Ottawa will look to take the series win on Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. Yean Carlos Gil takes the mound for the Champions (0-5) against Andres Caceras (4-4).
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.