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The Ottawa Champions playoff chances took a hit last night against the Rockland Boulders. (Ottawa Champions image)

Mikael Mogues drilled a two-run homer as the Rockland Boulders walked off the Ottawa Champions 7-5 last night.

After an error by Boulders left fielder Joe Maloney allowed the Champions to tie the game in the ninth, Mogues sent the home crowd happy after a long 10-inning ballgame.

Garrett Cortright (L, 1-2) picked up the loss after pitching 1.1 innings in relief. Meanwhile, Rockland’s Matt Kostalos (W, 5-2) got the win after pitching a scoreless 10th.

The Champions began the game with two runs over the first two innings. Tyson Gillies delivered an RBI single in the first and Ryan Brockett chased home a run with a sac fly in the second.

Rockland responded in the bottom half with a run of their own thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Daniel Arribas. It was 2-1 after two.

After a quiet top half of the fourth inning, rain began to pour down forcing a 30-minute delay.

When play resumed the Boulders managed to get two runs off Ottawa starter Phillippe Aumont, who stayed in the game after the delay.

Jared McDonald struck for another Boulders run in the fifth increasing their lead to 4-2.

However, it didn’t take the Champions long to get those runs back as they connected for two runs send Boulders starter Ari Kaufman to the showers. After a fielder’s choice knocked in one run, Ottawa’s Danny Grauer ripped an RBI double to tie the game.

In the seventh, Maloney launched his league-leading 23rd home run of the year on to the short porch in right field. The blast gave the Boulders a 5-4 lead.

That was it for Aumont who went seven innings, allowing four earned runs while striking out seven Boulders. He threw 123 pitches during his outing but ended up with a no-decision.

Things looked bleak for the Champions, as they got down to their last out in the ninth inning. With Gustavo Pierre, who reached on a leadoff single, on at first base, Brockett lifted a pop fly into left field. Maloney settled under it for the potential game ending out but dropped it and Pierre rounded the bases to tie the game.

The two teams will square off again tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7.

Elsewhere in the Can-Am League, Sussex County beat Quebec 5-1 and New Jersey blasted Trois-Rivieres 9-3.

-Ottawa Champions

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