Miners Stun Champions in Ten Innings
By Mike Pattison
Photo by Marc Lafleur
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions fell to the Sussex County Miners 7-6 in ten innings on Thursday night.
After the Champions had taken the lead in the top of the tenth on a Sebastien Boucher homerun, the Miners rallied to score two and capped it off with a game-winning Jarred Mederos RBI single.
With the loss the Champions fall to 1.5 games back of the Miners for the fourth and final playoff spot.
"The offence gave us an opportunity to win the ballgame," said Hal Lanier, the Champions manager. "You have to have luck in this game and they made the big comeback."
The Miners opened the scoring early thanks to a solo homerun off the bat of Chase McDonald. The no-doubter put the Miners up 1-0 after two innings.
Ottawa responded in the top half of the third. Sebastien Boucher blooped a two-RBI single into left field scoring Bick and Nyisztor. The Champions had another runner in scoring position with no outs, but a strikeout, pop fly and caught stealing ended the inning. However, the Champs led 2-1.
The Champions allowed the game-tying run in the fifth and then surrendered the lead in the sixth on a weird play.
With Rubi Silva on first and running on the pitch, Chase McDonald sent a single to centerfield. Tyson Gillies' throw to third base was offline which allowed Silva to score all the way from first on the base hit.
Austin Chrismon pitched well for Ottawa, going seven innings and allowing just one earned run.
A three-run eighth inning propelled the Champions into the lead 5-3.
First, Tyson Gillies hit an RBI single to tie the game. Then two more runners came to score on back-to-back fielder's choices.
The Miners were able to push across a run in the eighth setting up a ninth inning comeback.
Garrett Cortright (L, 1-2) entered the game in the ninth and allowed three runs over two innings, picking up the loss.
Lanier believes that his team did not lose any momentum despite the outcome of the night.
"We just have to stay positive with the idea that we did win the series."
The Champions will head to Quebec City on Friday night for a three-game set with the Capitales. First pitch of that matchup is scheduled for 7:05pm.