A Saturday night win in front of a packed Palisades Credit Union Park will give the Rockland Boulders a series split at the very least in their four-game series against the Ottawa Champions.
The Boulders rallied for the second time in the series to beat Ottawa, trailing 4-2 in the fourth inning but winning 7-5 in the end.
The Champions scored first for the second time in the series in the top half of the first, with new acquisition Carson Helms getting on with a leadoff knock to start the game. Sebastien Boucher then roped a double, and both runners were brought in to score before the end of the inning.
Rockland tied the game 2-2 in the bottom half of the inning, and the Champions responded. They scored one run in each of the third and fourth innings, taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom half of the inning.
However, the Boulders were able to capitalize on a mistake to take the lead in that frame. Alex Herceg began the offence with an RBI double, cutting Ottawa’s lead to one. Then, Mikael Mogues brought Mike Fransoso in with a sac fly, and an error by Tyler Nordgren at third base allowed Herceg to score for a 5-4 lead.
Rockland had built up a 7-4 advantage, before Danny Grauer singled with Steve Nyisztor standing on second to cut the Rockland lead to two. That’s all they could muster, however, after Mayckol Guaipe posted his league-leading 10th save of the campaign to end the game.
Steve Borkowski (2-4) was charged with the loss after throwing six innings, allowing seven hits, five earned runs, striking out three and walking three.
Tomorrow’s series finale would give the Champions a series split with the first-place Boulders if they come up with the victory. Yean Carlos Gil (0-3, 3.89 ERA) goes to the hill for Ottawa. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.
In other Can-Am League action, the Dominican Republic drubbed Quebec 11-1 in the first game of a doubleheader, Quebec edged the DR 3-2 in the nightcap, New Jersey blasted the Cuban National Team 11-1 and Sussex Country outlasted Trois-Rivieres 10-8.
Inside pitch: The Champons have placed OF Tyson Gillies on the disabled list after the outfielder pulled his hamstring. Ottawa also signed OF Carson Helms. Gillies, 28, has played 17 games with the Champions, picking up 22 hits and 16 runs. He is hitting .349 since Ottawa signed him. Helms, 24, attended the Champions open tryout camp in May, and is listed as a rookie.