The Ottawa Champions battered the Trois-Rivieres Aigles 10-6 at RCGT Park last night.
Before the game, the returning Champions from last season’s league title victory were awarded with their rings. Owner Miles Wolff and President David Gourlay handed the rings to players, which capped off the second day of the championship celebration.
The Champions got started right where they left off from Thursday’s 7-1 triumph. Steve Brown drilled an RBI single to put the Champions in front 1-0 right off the bat in the first inning.
After Ottawa tacked on another run, the Aigles responded in the top of the fifth inning.
Aigles’ left fielder Trevor Gretzky reached on a groundball error, then came around to score later in the inning on a Kyle Lafrenz RBI grounder.
The Champions then added to their lead in the next half inning. It began with an RBI single for Adron Chambers, who continues his hot start to the season. The Champions eventually rallied to load the bases for clean-up hitter Brown, and he would not disappoint. Brown ripped a two-run single straight through the middle of the infield, padding Ottawa’s lead to 5-1.
Steve Borkowski (1-0) was lights out through his first six innings of work. He only allowed one hit and one unearned run during that time. However, in the seventh he ran into some trouble.
The Aigles’ Zach Mathieu and Kyle Lafrenz smacked back-to-back RBI doubles to the right field wall. Fortunately for Borkowski, that’s all that he would allow in a stellar performance.
Keeping course with the series so far, the Champions would respond and continue to overwhelm the Aigles offensively. A pair of Champions would pick up their first RBIs of the season with a Sebastien Boucher RBI single and a Ricky Oropesa two-run double. After seven innings Ottawa had built an 8-3 lead.
Curtis Johnson made his regular season debut for the Champions in the eighth, but struggled mightily. He gave up three runs while recording only one out as the Aigles cut the lead down to 8-6.
Matt Helms continued the offensive outburst by responding with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth, his first of the year. Ottawa would tack on another run in the inning to increase their lead to four. The Champions would shut it down in the ninth, as Raydel Sanchez picked up his first save of the year.
The two teams will square off again Saturday night at 7:05 at RCGT Park.
In other Can-Am League action: The Rockland Boulders defeated the Sussex County Miners, 6-3 and the Quebec Capitales beat the New Jersey Jackals, 5-3.
Roster move: The Champions have signed RHP Alex Luna to a contract for the 2017 season. The 24-year-old went 5-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched for the Idaho Falls Chukars in 2016.