Juan Duran lifted a long fly ball to left field to bring home Nick Giarraputo with the winning run as the Sussex County Miners edged the Ottawa Champions 7-6 in 11 innings at RCGT Park on Sunday.

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Gustavo Pierre homered for Ottawa in the loss. (Ron Patey file photo)

It was the Champions first extra inning game in the 2017 season, after providing free baseball in a Can-Am League record 17 games in 2016.

Down 2-0 in the sixth inning, Champions third baseman Gustavo Pierre launched a go-ahead three-run home run to give his team a brief 3-2 lead.

But the Miners roared back with four of their own in the seventh off starter Austin Chrismon, who allowed six runs on 13 hits in 6.2 innings and ended up with a no decision.

In the bottom of the inning the Champions knocked out Miners starter Michael Heesch with three more runs, on a solo homer by Tyler Nordgren, a sacrifice fly by Sebastien Boucher, and a bloop RBI single by Steve Brown.

Sussex County opened the scoring in the first inning after back-to-back doubles to start things off put runners on second and third.

Chrismon retired the next two batters without incident, but Rubi Silva squeezed a single through the right side to drive in a run and make it 1-0.

A scary incident occurred in the top of the third when Chrismon took a comeback liner by Jay Austin off his head. Chrismon was down on the ground for several minutes but eventually got back up and continued the game. Sussex County scored to make it 2-0 later that same inning on an RBI groundout by Duran.

Heesch allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings, while striking out none and walking two.

Ottawa opens up a three game home series at home on Monday against the Rockland Boulders. The Champions will send lefthander Yean Carlos Gil (0-1, 3.78 ERA) to the mound in the opener at 7:05 p.m. at RCGT Park.

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The Champions have traded Adron Chambers (26) to Sussex County. (Ron Patey file photo)

Inside pitch: The Champions acquired 2B Steve Nyisztor from Sussex County before the game in exchange for OF Adron Chambers. Nyisztor, 26, played in 11 games for the Miners in 2017, slashing .281/.343/.344 with three RBI in 32 at-bats. Chambers, 30, slashed .259/.282/.379 with one home run and five RBI in 14 games for Ottawa in 2017. Nyisztor started at designated hitter on Sunday and went 1-for-6 with a double in his Ottawa debut.

-Ottawa Champions

 

 

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