The Ottawa Champions secured a bounce-back victory last night by defeating the New Jersey Jackals 5-1.
Champions fans saw two aspects of their team get back to normal as the offence was able to drive in runs and Phillippe Aumont was back to throwing a lights-out performance.
Aumont (W, 4-4) was dominant as he went eight innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits. He also racked up an impressive eight strikeouts as the Jackals offence was struggling to square up anything he threw.
The Champions’ slumping offence was brought back to life and Daniel Bick got things kicked off with a bang. He drove the first pitch off the game over the left field wall for his sixth home run of the year. It was the third time this season that a Champions leadoff man had connected for a homer to start the game.
Things got even better for Ottawa in the second as the team sent eight batters to the plate and drove in four runs. After newly acquired Austin Marcellus hit an RBI groundout, Bick and Matt Helms had back-to-back doubles to drive in three more. It was 5-0 after two innings.
With the double and the homer, Bick went 2-for-4 with three RBI and was named the Player of the Game.
The Jackals loaded the bases in the third, but Aumont avoided danger by getting Brian Burgamy to groundout to end the frame.
It was quiet after that as both Jackals’ starter Fernando Cruz (L, 1-2) and Aumont shut things down on the mound.
The Jackals were finally able to get to Aumont in the eighth. Burgamy sent a line drive single to centre field to score Max Casper.
Austin Marcellus made his Ottawa Champions debut and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. His double in the fourth inning was his first career professional hit.
Elsewhere in Can-Am League action, Quebec beat Trois-Rivieres 8-5 and Rockland topped Sussex County 7-3.