The Ottawa Champions have re-signed local favourite and record-breaker CF/DH Sebastian Boucher, playoff hero RHP Steve Borkowski and added newcomer LHP Pat Peterson to the staff.
Boucher, 35, had an historic season is 2016, setting the Can-Am League records for hits, RBI, and runs scored in a career, and walks in a single season. The Gatineau, QC, native batted .291 with eight home runs and 55 RBI in 98 games in the regular season and continued his hot play in the playoffs, batting .371 with four RBI and nine runs scored in nine games.
Boucher broke Jerod Edmondson’s career runs record on June 19 in a game against the Cuban National Team, and then a month later broke former Toronto Blue Jay Chris Colabello’s career RBI record in a game against the Quebec Capitales. He followed that up by passing Edmondson’s career record for hits on Aug. 21 when he drove an RBI single up the middle in the first inning of a 9-2 win over the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Over his eight year Can-Am League career Boucher has compiled a lifetime .312 average, 59 home runs, 441 RBI and he won the 2014 batting title.
Borkowski, 24, joined the Champions on Aug. 16 and made four starts, putting together a 1-2 record, 4.43 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched. He also went 2-0 in the playoffs, most memorably starting game four of the Can-Am League championship where he dominated the Rockland Boulders, striking out 13 batters in eight innings in a 13-3 Champions victory. Prior to signing with Ottawa, the Boone, IA, native won the 2016 Pecos League championship with the Tucson Saguaraos, where he went 10-0 with a 2.72 ERA.
Peterson, 23, appeared in three games in 2016 for the Clinton LumberKings of the Midwest League in the Seattle Mariners organization where he went 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 3.2 innings pitched before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. The Bear, DE, native was originally drafted by the Mariners in the 23rd round of the 2014 MLB draft out of North Carolina State University. Peterson’s last full season came in 2015, also with Clinton, where he went 6-6 with a 4.49 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched over 27 appearances (17 starts).
Meanwhile, the Cuban National Baseball Team is back on the Ottawa Champions schedule for a second straight season in 2017. The Cubans are slated to tangle with the 2016 winners of the Can-Am League on Father’s Day weekend from June 16-18. The Champions will also play another international series when they are visited by the Yeoncheon Miracle of South Korea from June 27-29.
Season tickets and flex packs for the 2017 Ottawa Champions season are on sale. Tickets for the 2017 Can-Am League/American Association All-Star Game scheduled for July 25 in Ottawa are also on sale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 613.745.2255, or visit the RCGT Park box office for more details.