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Ottawa first baseman Ricky Oropesa puts a late tag on DR’s Jose Miguel Rosario. (Ron Patey photo)

The Ottawa Champions returned home in victorious fashion on last with an 8-3 win over the Dominican Republic National Team.

The Champions hit the ball well all night long and relied on solid pitching from Daniel Cordero and Raydel Sanchez to start the home stand off on a positive note.

Despite a shortened outing, Cordero (4-2) picked up the win for the Champions. It was his first start since being named Can-Am League Pitcher of the Week and he only allowed two earned runs and struck out seven batters.

Luis Nunez (0-4) on the other hand struggled for the Dominican Republic as he took the loss after going 5.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on 10 hits.

The scoreless tie was broken in the fourth as Gilbert Gomez ripped an RBI double into left field scoring Antony Brito for the Dominicans.

Then in the fifth another RBI double from Danny Taveras tacked on another run and the DR lead 2-0.

The Champions bounced back in a big way in the bottom half of the inning. After back-to-back singles to leadoff the inning, Ottawa attempted two straight sacrifice bunts. However, there was an error on each play on throws to third base, which allowed Matt Helms and Daniel Bick to score.

After a sacrifice fly scored another, Ricky Oropesa hit an RBI double that scored the fourth run of the inning. Just like that Ottawa found themselves in the lead 4-2.

After hitting .565 in seven games last week, Danny Grauer continued his hot streak. He had a pair of hits, including a double, and an RBI during the game.

The game was capped off with a Sebastien Boucher two-run shot for his third home run of the year.

Sanchez was stingy out of the bullpen as he threw 3.1 innings without allowing a run. He also picked up his third save of the season.

The series will continue tonight at RCGT Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

In other Can-Am League action, New Jersey got past Sussex County 7-5, the Cuban National Team nipped Rockland 4-3 and Quebec topped Trois-Rivieres 10-8

Inside pitch: The Champions have signed Canadian LHP Noah Gapp to a contract for the 2017 season and placed RHP Victor Beriguete on irrevocable waivers.

Gapp, 23, made three starts in 2017 for the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League where he was 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched. Beriguete, 28, had a 0-4 record and a 5.06 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched in his first season with Ottawa.

-Ottawa Champions

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