The Ottawa Champions put up a five-spot in the fourth inning and went on to pick up their fifth consecutive victory with a 7-2 win over the Sussex County Miners last night at RCGT Park.
The game kicked off a crucial series for the Champions who are chasing the Miners for the final playoff spot in the standings.
Austin Chrismon (W, 6-3) was lights out for the Champions as he went seven innings allowing just two earned runs. He also recorded eight strikeouts while only walking a pair.
Things did not start off so well for Chrismon. The first batter he faced lined one directly back at him and struck his leg. The runner reached and two hits later the Miners had two runs on the board. It was 2-0 after the first. But Chrismon was able to turn it around immediately as he followed up with six straight shutout innings.
The Champions exploded in the fourth inning using small ball to their advantage. After the first two men reached base, Ottawa connected for five straight base hits to drive in five runs. Ten batters came to bat in the inning, recording six hits in total with five players recording an RBI.
An RBI single from all-star Danny Grauer drove in Tyson Gillies in the fifth to increase the Champions lead to 6-2.
Ottawa continued their offensive attack in the sixth as they plated a run for the third consecutive inning. Sebastien Boucher scored Daniel Bick on a base hit up the middle to boost the lead to 7-2.
Raydel Sanchez and Garrett Cortright came into the game in the eighth and ninth respectively to shut things down and secure the win.
Game two of the series will go down tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:05. The Champions will go for a season-high six game win streak.
In other Can-Am League action, Trois-Rivieres downed New Jersey 4-2 and Rockland outlasted Quebec 13-9.