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Champions split series with 10-8 victory over Miners

2019 August 14

Sawyer Bailey

AUGUSTA N.J. – Early runs helped the Ottawa Champions (31-47) split their three-game road series with a 10-8 victory over the Sussex County Miners (48-29) Wednesday evening at Skylands Park.

Right-handed Ottawa Champions starter Jared Mortensen pitched six innings, limiting the Miners to four earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four, and grabbing his fifth win of the 2019 season.

Champions opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, kick-started by Stephen Octave’s first RBI single in an Ottawa jersey, and extended their lead to four in the bottom of the fourth. 

Right-handed Miners pitcher Jeff Thompson pitched four innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits, while striking out three, and took his third loss of the season.

The Miners tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Champions responded in the sixth with two RBI singles and a four-pitch walk for Jiandido Tromp, making it a 9-3 lead. A ground rule double granted the Miners a run, bringing the game within five heading into the seventh inning.

INF Leonardo Reginatto singled in OF Steve Brown in the top of the eighth to reach a double-digit score of 10-4. The Miners threatened the Champions lead with four late runs in the bottom of the eighth and bringing the score within two.

The Ottawa bullpen shut down the Sussex County lineup with closer Austin Glorius, snagging his sixth save of 2019, while relievers Kyle Chavez and Evan Rutckyj each pitched one inning and recorded a strikeout. 

Malik Collymore led the team with three RBIs and one run on four hits, and recorded his 35thstolen base of the season. Stephen Octave went 3-for-3 at the plate with a single. 

Ottawa will look to take the final game of the three-game series and finish up the road trip tomorrow evening in New Jersey. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.