04 Jun 5-RUN FIRST INNING DOWNS MINERS
OTTAWA KNOCKS 13 HITS IN 8-2 WIN OVER SUSSEX COUNTY
Ottawa, ON – The Ottawa Champions sent eleven men to the plate and scored five times in the first inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the Sussex County Miners in Ottawa on Saturday night. The Champions collected 13 hits in the game, while the Miners left 12 runners on base.
Sussex County once again scored the first run of the game, with Elvin Soto driving home Ryan Dent on a groundout to make it 1-0 Miners. The Miners have now scored the first run in 13 of the 16 games they have played thus far.
However, the bottom of the first saw Ottawa slash their way to five runs on seven hits in the first inning. Albert Cartwright had both of his two hits in that first inning, and both Brian Van Kirk and Brian Erie had two run hits in the inning to establish the 5-1 Champions lead after one inning of play. Ottawa would add two more runs in the fourth, one on a Sebastien Boucher home run, the other on Alexander Malleta’s first hit in a Champions uniform, an RBI double to score Cuban compatriot Donal Duarte. Ottawa would complete their scoring on another Erie single in the fifth.
For the Miners, they had opportunities to crawl back into the game. But at every important juncture, the Champions made a defensive play to thwart an potential danger. Matt Helms robbed Chris Duffy on a liner in the left-center gap in the 4th, Van Kirk made a diving catch on Dent’s sinking liner in the 5th, and Duarte and Robert Garza made back-to-back defensive plays in the 7th on Gaby Juarbe and Steve Nyisztor respectively to reduce threats.
Michael Tamburino threw over 40 pitches in the first inning alone and did well to get through four innings. But after 103 pitches, Bobby Jones turned to his bullpen. Stone Speer came on and provided 3 innings of solid relief work allowing just one run on three hits, and Nick Gonzalez worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
The Miners and Champions wrap up the four game set on Sunday afternoon, weather permitting. First pitch is scheduled for a 1:35 PM start, with Joe Dnino going for the Miners and Austin Chrismon slated to pitch for Ottawa. The live broadcast can be heard on the Miners Radio Network. After the game, the Mienrs return home to take on the New Jersey Jackals in a three-game series. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, at the Skylands Stadium box office, or by calling 973.940.0222.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo courtesy Ottawa Indie Fest.