Helms Homer Sinks Aigles in Trois-Rivieres
By Mike Pattison
Photo: Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Champions defeated the Trois-Rivieres Aigles 8-4 on Wednesday night, picking up their second victory in a row.
"They played a great game tonight," said Lanier. "I was very proud of this ballclub."
The Champions kicked off their offence with three different RBI hits in three different innings.
In the second, Danny Grauer doubled home Tyson Gillies who scored all the way from first base. Grauer had an opportunity to score on the next play as Matt Helms hit a single to right field. However, a good throw from the cutoff man caught Grauer at home. That missed opportunity proved to be costly later on in the game.
The next inning, Steve Brown hit his seventh RBI single in the past four games to score Steve Nyisztor.
Then in the fifth, Tyson Gillies drove home Sebastien Boucher with an RBI single of his own. After five innings it was 3-0 for Ottawa.
Steve Borkowski was cruising until the sixth inning where the Aigles tagged him for four runs.
"The offence did what they had to do, it was very positive on the bench and we swung the bats well," said Lanier on his team's offensive performance.
After Ayala singled home a run, Carter McEachern sent a three-run shot over the centerfield wall to give the Aigles the lead. The sudden change in momentum was all Trois-Rivieres needed to grab a 4-3 lead.
However, the deficit wouldn't last as the Champions rallied in the eighth to regain the lead. First, a sac fly from Matt Helms scored a run, then Steve Nyisztor singled home another pair of runners with the bases loaded.
In the ninth, Matt Helms put the game out of reach with a two-run shot. His sixth homerun of the year put the Champions up 8-4.
Noah Gapp (W, 2-3) shut down the Aigles, going 3.1 innings out of the bullpen to ensure Ottawa's victory. He struck out seven of the eleven batters he faced.
"He did a terrific job for us coming out of the bullpen," said Lanier.
The win was once again crucial as they keep pace with the Sussex County Miners who won again against the Quebec Capitales.
The Champions will wrap up the four game series with the Aigles on Thursday night before returning home on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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.