The Ottawa Champions unleashed a 16-hit attack in front of 2,491 fans on Saturday night at RCGT Park as they laid down a 10-1 beating on the Sussex County Miners.

Ottawa’s Matt Helms drives in his team’s first run of the game. (Ron Patey photo)

Ottawa starter Daniel Cordero pitched eight strong innings to earn his first win of the season, and six Champions recorded multi-hit games, including catcher Danny Grauer who launched a mammoth solo home run onto Coventry Road in the fifth inning.

Sussex County opened the scoring with their only run of the game in the second inning.

After Juan Duran led off with a single, Mike Schwartz hit a tailor made double play ball to second baseman Brian Bistagne, but the relay from shortstop Brandon Fischer sailed into the dugout, allowing Schwartz to advance to second. After a fly ball advanced Schwartz to third, he scored on a single up the middle by Justin Trapp.

Danny Grauer scores on a base hit by Brian Bistagne. (Ron Patey photo)

But Ottawa answered back in a big way in the bottom of the inning.

Steve Brown and Ricky Oropesa led off with back-to-back singles off starter Silfredo Garcia, who then left the game with an apparent injury.

Michael Suk took over and struck out Gustavo Pierre, but allowed a game-tying RBI single to Matt Helms, before inducing a fly out from Grauer.

Fischer then picked up his first professional hit and RBI with a go-ahead single to right, and Adron Chambers capped the scoring with a two-run double, giving Ottawa a 4-1 lead.

Sussex County starter Silfredo Garcia goes into the dugout after being pulled due to injury. (Ron Patey photo)

After scoring a single run in the third, the Champions blew open the game in the fourth.

With runners on second and third, Bistagne lined an RBI single to right through the draw-in infield. After he stole second, Sebastien Boucher cashed in both runners with a base hit, extending the lead to 8-1.

Cordero (1-1) allowing only an unearned run on five hits in his eight innings of work, while striking out five and walking just one. Despite only facing five batters in his one plus innings of work, Garcia (1-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on two hits.

The teams play the final game of their three-game set on Sunday afternoon at 1:35. Austin Chrismon (2-1, 3.70 ERA) gets the ball for Ottawa while Sussex County goes with Michael Heesch (0-1, 4.07 ERA).

The Champions Promo Team entertained the 2,491 fans at RCGT Park. (Ron Patey photo)

In other Can-Am League action last night, the Quebec Capitales downed the Rockland Boulders, 6-4 and the Trois-Rivieres Aigles crushed the New Jersey Jackals, 13-3.

Inside pitches: Gatineau native, first round draft pick and former MLB pitcher Phillippe Aumont threw a live bullpen session on Friday at RCGT Park and has been deemed ready to pitch for the Champions.

Manager Hal Lanier now has some decisions to make as Aumont is classified as a Veteran and the Champions already have their maximum four allotted Veterans.

Aumont, 28, played parts of four seasons in the MLB with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2012 to 2015, and most recently pitched for Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2016.

He and fellow Baseball Canada alumnus Tyson Gillies have been working out with the Champions since the start of training camp.

-Ottawa Champions