The Ottawa Champions battled back from 6-0 and 8-6 deficits to take Sunday afternoon’s game against the Sussex County Miners 9-8 and complete the sweep of the season-opening series.
Rookie Matt Tenaglia drilled the first home run in Champions history, launching a clutch two-run dinger into the bushes beyond the right field fence in the seventh inning to tie the ballgame.
The winning run came in the following inning for manager Hal Lanier’s ballclub, as Mike Schwartz raced all the way home from first base after Sussex centrefielder Reggie Abercrombie dropped a fly ball off the bat of Champs first baseman Jon Talley.
Ottawa hits the road for a four-game set with the Rockland Boulders, and will move on to Sussex later on during the trip to face the Miners for four more.
The Champions return home on June 2 for a four-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association.
May 23 – Ottawa Champions 4, Sussex County Miners 1
The cold weather couldn’t stop the Ottawa Champions from picking up their second win of the Can-Am League season on Saturday night.
Strong pitching and timely hits helped Ottawa to a 4-1 win over the Sussex County Miners.
As a result, the Champions improved to 2-0 in this young Can-Am League season.
Champions first baseman Jon Talley sparked a big fifth inning with a double off the right field wall for an RBI, scoring Sebastien Boucher from first, just ahead of the throw from rightfielder Chris Valencia.
Ottawa then took the lead on a single up the middle from Bryce Massanari. Moments later, DH Matt Tenaglia’s first professional hit, a single, brought home two runs to extend the lead to 4-1.
May 22 – Ottawa Champions 8, Sussex County Miners 1
The Ottawa Champions claimed their first victory in team history on Friday night, defeating the Sussex County Miners 8-1 in front of 3,876 hardy fans who braved near-zero temperatures to cheer the Champs onto victory.
Champions centrefielder Sebastien Boucher smacked a clutch two-run single in the fourth inning to break the game open, and Ottawa starter Andrew Werner (1-0) tossed five strong innings in the winning effort.
Kyle Brandenburg, Jon Talley, and Willie Carmona all had multi-hit games for the Champs, while Mike Schwartz went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two walks.
Dan Meyer, Nick Purdy, and Alan DeRatt all pitched well out of the bullpen for Ottawa, with DeRatt giving up the only hit of the later innings for Sussex County in the ninth.