The Ottawa Champions racked up their third straight victory over the New Jersey Jackals on Saturday night with a 6-5 win that followed an 11-3 triumph in the continuation of a suspended game.
Ricky Oropesa was the hero for the Champions as he launched a grand slam in the eighth inning to hand his team the lead and eventual 6-5 victory.
Down 5-2 at the time, with the bases loaded and two outs, Oropesa powered one over the wall. Clutch hitting has been the key to the series for Ottawa and it continued once again with Oropesa’s homer.
Stingy work from relievers Adam Eggnatz (W, 1-0) and Jared Price preserved the one run lead and carried them to victory.
The Jackals once again were the first team to take the lead by grabbing a run in the second inning. However, it could have been much worse than it was. The Jackals managed to load the bases twice in the inning but could only score the one run off Champions’ starter Matt Tulley.
However, the Champions had their bats going early as well as the leadoff hitter reached base in the first three innings of the game.
They managed to get one of those three runners home in the third thanks to an RBI double from Steve Nyisztor, one of two RBI’s on the day for him.
The Champions will look for the sweep of the four-game series this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 and can be seen on CanAmLeague.tv.
In other Can-Am League action, Quebec dumped Trois-Rivieres 10-1 and Sussex County toppled Rockland 3-1.
Inside pitch: The Champions have signed RHP Garrett Cortwright to a contract and placed RHP Chris Motta on the disabled list.
Cortwright, 25, most recently played in 2017 for High-A Jupiter and Single-A Greensboro in the Miami Marlins organization, where he had a combined 6.53 ERA in 17 appearances with 15 strikeouts and four walks in 20.2 innings pitched.
Motta, 23, has appeared in 10 games for the Champions in 2017, compiling a 5.51 ERA with five strikeouts and 15 walks in 16.1 innings pitched.