The New Jersey Jackals defeated the Ottawa Champions 14-10 in a Saturday afternoon matinee on Canada Day.
Jackals’ starter Lee Sosa (W, 4-0) who went seven innings while only allowing an earned run dominated the game. He was throwing a one-hitter until he ran into trouble in the sixth inning.
The Jackals struck for four runs in the fourth off Champions starter Yean Carlos Gil (L, 0-5). Adam Martin’s base hit scored two runs with the bases loaded and New Jersey continued to rally with two outs when they scored another pair of runs to make it 4-0.
That marked the end for Gil who allowed four earned runs in four innings. He was taken out of the game due to an elbow injury.
The Jackals continued their offensive onslaught in the fifth. A pair of RBI doubles from Brian Burgamy and D’vontrey Richardson highlighted what was a three-run inning that made the score after five.
With the score 8-0, the Champions managed to get in a little offense of their own. Sebastien Boucher hit an RBI double, but an error on the play allowed another run to score.
The Jackals responded with four runs of their own in the seventh putting the game out of reach.
The Champions did add on four more runs in the eighth which included a Ricky Oropesa two-RBI single and a Matt Helms RBI double.
A couple of runs in the ninth for the Jackals put the game to bed.
The Champions made things interesting in the ninth as they rallied to score four runs but it was not enough to catch New Jersey.
Despite the team’s struggles, Boucher had a great game as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and walk.
The Champions will wrap up their four-game series with the Jackals this afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 at RCGT Park.
In other Can-Am League action, Sussex County edged Quebec 3-2.