The New Jersey Jackals blew out the Ottawa Champions 10-2 at RCGT Park on Wednesday night. The teams combined for 25 hits, which was an unlikely feat considering each team’s aces took the mound.
Ottawa’s Austin Chrismon (1-1) went just three innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in his second start of the year. It was not a typical start for Chrismon, who pitched well in his first start against Trois-Rivieres. Jackals’ starter Lee Sosa (2-0) allowed the two earned runs over six innings.
It took no time for each team to get on the board, as balls were flying off the bat early. First, Conrad Gregor and Brian Burgamy hit back-to-back doubles putting New Jersey on top 1-0. It was the first earned run Chrismon allowed this season.
Ottawa responded with a leadoff double from Adron Chambers who came into score on a Sebastien Boucher RBI double. Later, Ricky Oropesa‘s RBI single skipped over the glove of second baseman Yariel Vargas and Boucher scored.
Ottawa took a 2-1 lead into the second but it wouldn’t last long. The Jackals put up a four spot in the second, as they picked up four more hits in the inning while sending eight batters to the plate.
New Jersey added another in the third on a couple of defensive errors. Brian Joynt scored on a dropped ball from Champions’ right fielder Steve Brown. It was the third error in the game for Ottawa in just three innings and the Jackals led 6-2.
Rookie right-hander Alex Luna came into the game in the fourth for Ottawa and held New Jersey to their first scoreless inning. Much of this had to do with a tremendous outfield assist from Matt Helms who caught a runner trying to score on a fly ball.
Taylor Brennan hit his first home run of the year in the fifth. It was a two-run shot that increased the Jackal’s lead to 8-2.
Defence was an issue for Ottawa all night as they committed a team record-tying six errors in the game.
The final game of the series goes Thursday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.