The New Jersey Jackals edged the Ottawa Champions 2-1 in a pitching duel on Sunday afternoon.
For the first time during the six-day home stand it was a sunny day at RCGT Park, but just as the sun came out the runs went into hiding.
Both starters, Daniel Cordero (L, 4-3) for Ottawa and New Jersey’s David Richardson, were on their A-games. They gave up just eight hits during the first six innings.
Despite being credited with the loss, Cordero threw a complete game while only allowing one earned run, along with one unearned. He proved once again that he is able to go the distance after pitching a shutout in June. He tossed 115 pitches in his nine innings of work.
Richardson, who did not factor into the decision, went 6.2 innings allowing one unearned run.
The skies opened up in the seventh, but as the rain poured down both teams connected for runs.
The Jackals finally broke through in the frame against Cordero. Brian Joynt launched his first home run of the season over the left field wall. The Jackals almost tacked on another run on a single to centrefield but a tremendous relay throw from Brandon Fischer caught Richard Stock at home.
The Champions responded in the bottom half. With a runner at second, Fischer lined a shot off Richardson’s leg. The ball caromed into left field allowing the runner to score from second.
Then the Champions loaded the bases with two outs for Steve Brown, who struck out to end the threat.
It wouldn’t take long for the Jackals to regain the lead as a clutch single from Brian Burgamy scored Sandoval. They would not look back from there as Gercken and Hellweg shut it down the rest of the way to secure the victory.
The Champions will embark on a seven-game road trip starting on Tuesday night against the Quebec Capitales. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and fans can watch the action on CanAmLeague.tv.