The Rockland Boulders took both games of a doubleheader from the Ottawa Champions at RCGT Park on Wednesday and completed the series sweep with a 5-3 win, followed by a 3-2 win in extra innings.
Phillippe Aumont of Gatineau made his Champions’ debut when he started the second game of the twin bill. Despite his stellar performance, Ottawa could not muster up enough offence to pick up the victory.
In game one, the Boulders opened up the scoring in the second with a two-run homer off the bat of Mike Montville.
Ottawa tallied their first run of the series in the bottom-half of the inning.
In the next inning, Steve Brown cranked a two-run shot of his own over the left field wall. It was Brown’s second home run of the season and made the score 3-2 after three innings.
Things were scoreless for a couple of innings until Boulders’ shortstop Mike Fransoso drove in a run in the sixth. Rockland tacked on another run in the inning to lead 4-3.
The Boulders added an insurance run in the seventh, off a fielder’s choice that scored Joe Bennie. The score was 5-3, and would turn out to be the final.
Champions’ starter Pat Peterson (0-3) took the loss. He was pulled from the game after going 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits.
C.J. Riefenhouser (2-1) picked up the victory for the Boulders as he gave up three earned, while only allowing three hits in five innings of work.
Game two was a low-scoring affair. Both Aumont and Boulders’ starter Bo Budkevics pitched quality games.
Aumont did not disappoint in his highly-anticipated debut. He popped catcher Danny Grauer’s glove through six innings while only allowing five hits. He frustrated batters all game long as his pitch speed was averaging around 93-95 mph. He struck out nine batters and fanned the side in the fifth inning. His only blemish came in the sixth, and because of it he was credited with the loss.
Budkevics was strong as well as he went six innings, only allowing one earned run on four hits.
Offence was hard to come by, but Ottawa was able to find a spark from another new signee, Tyson Gillies.
In the third, Gillies struck for the first run of the game as he drove a ball up the middle to score Matt Helms from second. It was Gillies’ first hit and RBI in the Can-Am League.
The Boulders got to Aumont in the sixth. Dylan Tice drove in a run with his second hit off of Aumont, scoring Bennie. The next batter, Fransoso, put a charge into one that carried over the right field wall. Just like that Rockland took a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, a clutch hit from Grauer tied the ballgame. A pinch-running Brandon Fischer came into score and the Champions forced extra innings.
Rockland responded immediately, as Jared McDonald hit an RBI single off Champions’ closer Victor Beriguete (0-1). The Boulders took a 3-2 lead and would not let it slip away. Despite giving up the game-tying run, Alex Farina (1-0) picked up the win.
The Champions are in Quebec City today to take on the Capitales. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
In other Can-Am League action, Quebec outlasted Trois-Rivieres 15-10 and New Jersey pounded Sussex County 16-7.