The Champions finished fourth in the Can-Am League regular season, drawing the top ranked New Jersey Jackals in the semi-finals. But solid starting pitching and timely hitting from the likes of DH Kenny Bryant, CF Sebastien Boucher and 3B Donal Duarte led them to three straight wins after a loss in game one.
The championship series against the Rockland Boulders would feature more of the same, as Ottawa dropped games one and two at home, but rebounded with three straight wins in Pomona thanks to offensive outbursts from Bryant and 2B Albert Cartwright and shutdown pitching performances from RHP Steve Borkowski and RHP Austin Chrismon.
A couple thousand kilometres away, the Goldeyes were doing much the same thing. They reached the postseason via the wild card and drew the top-ranked St. Paul Saints in the first round. Winnipeg beat the Saints in five games, winning the last two on the road.
The Goldeyes drew the Wichita Wingnuts in the championship series and just like the series against St. Paul, they had to rally back on the road and win the final two games to take the series in five games. Former Major Leaguer and Goldeyes legend
hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in the championship clinching 11-4 win.
For the Champions, it was the first championship in franchise history, and the first one for an Ottawa baseball team since the Lynx won the International League title in 1995. For the Goldeyes, it was their third, to go along with a Northern League championship in 1994 and an American Association championship in 2012.
Professional baseball in Canada is as strong as it’s ever been. Canadian teams have won seven of the past eight Can-Am League championships, the Goldeyes have won two of the last five American Association championships, and the Single-A Vancouver Canadians won three straight Northwest League championships from 2011 to 2013.
Season tickets and flex packs for the 2017 Ottawa Champions season are now available and can be purchased at 2016 prices until Oct. 31 by calling 613.745.2255 or visiting the RCGT Park box office. All season tickets and flex packs come with the option of purchasing a ticket for the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All Star Game scheduled for July 25 at RCGT Park.