Champions Sweep Miners and Win Seventh Straight
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – With a flurry of runs in the first three innings, the Ottawa Champions defeated the Sussex County Miners 8-2 on Thursday night.
The win completed the three-game sweep of the Miners to bring them within two games of a playoff spot.
The win was also the team's seventh in a row, which ties for the franchise's longest winning streak in history.
"The fans are seeing good hitting, good pitching and good fielding," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "I'm very satisfied where we're at."
Things were clicking for the Champions and it did not take them long to explode.
It began in the first with a double for Sebastien Boucher who then came into score on a Ricky Oropesa RBI single.
The Champions blew the game open in the second with a five-run inning. It started with a long RBI single for Matt Helms. Then they rallied to load the bases for Steve Nyisztor who drove in two with a single to right field. They weren't done there as Boucher drove in two more with a single of his own.
Then in the third, Gustavo Pierre launched a monster two-run shot to left field that entered oncoming traffic and crossed Coventry Road.
"I try to see the ball and stay inside the ball. I'm making good contact and getting the barrel on it," said Pierre.
After three innings the Champions had a commanding 8-0 lead.
It was a short outing for Miners' starter Kris Regas (L, 5-4) who only lasted the three innings after getting roughed up by the Champions line-up.
The Miners were able to get on the board in the sixth inning as they connected for two runs, highlighted by a RBI double for Jay Baum. It was 8-2 at that point.
The two runs marked the end for Daniel Cordero (W, 5-3), as he went six strong only allowing one earned run, as the other was unearned, six hits and seven strikeouts.
After a hot start, things cooled down in the later innings as the Champions coasted to victory.
Jared Price made his home debut for Ottawa, pitching a scoreless seventh before Noah Gapp came in for a scoreless eighth and ninth.
"They throw strikes, that's what I like about the young kids," said Lanier on his bullpen's performance.
The Champions will kick off a three-game series with the second place Quebec Capitales on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm at RCGT Park.