The Ottawa Champions continued their season-long undefeated streak in New Jersey with a 7-2 win over the Jackals last night.
After putting up only two runs through 11 innings, the Champions exploded for five runs in the 12th to grab their eighth win in a row in New Jersey’s home park.
Two of the league’s top starters were on the mound as Ottawa’s Austin Chrismon and New Jersey’s David Richardson were lights out, yet neither factored into the decision.
Both posted similar stat lines as Chrismon went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Richardson went seven innings, allowing two runs as well, but he was able to rack up 10 strikeouts on the night.
Matt Helms got things started for the Champions in the third as he launched a solo home run to lead off the inning. His fourth homer of the year made it 1-0.
Gustavo Pierre doubled home Steve Brown to double their lead to 2-0 in the top half of the fourth.
However, Richard Stock responded in the bottom half of the inning as he launched a solo homer of his own to get the Jackals on the board.
New Jersey tied the game in the sixth thanks to Stock once again. This time he doubled home a run to tie up the ballgame.
Adam Eggnatz came into the game in relief for the Champions and pitched two scoreless innings to send it to extras.
Tyson Gillies and Pierre hit back-to-back triples to score a pair to start off the 12th inning. Grauer followed up with an RBI base hit and later scored on a throwing error that ended up in the Jackals dugout. Steve Nyisztor continued the rally when he connected for an RBI single, capping off the five-run inning.
Ricky Oropesa made his return to the Champions’ lineup after missing action for a couple of weeks. He went hitless in five at-bats on the night.
Elsewhere in the Can-Am League, Sussex County stayed two games ahead of the Champions in the race for the final playoff spot by beating Trois-Rivieres 5-4 in 12 innings and Quebec downed Rockland 5-1.