Champions top Aigles in preseason game
Ottawa batters had a positive day at the plate, collecting 13 hits off of Trois-Rivières pitchers.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Champions won their second game of the preseason, beating the Trois-Rivières Aigles 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at RCGT Park. The Champions relied on a three-run 6th inning to earn the victory, while Tyler Knigge notched the four-out save.
“We got to play against a team in our league,” said Champions’ manager Hal Lanier. “I managed the way I would in the season. I’m glad it was a close game. You saw some people come in who will be in that situation – in close games.”
Ottawa batters had a positive day at the plate, collecting 13 hits off of Trois-Rivières pitchers. Jordan Caillouet hit a ball to right field that was scored an error, but did cash in two runs for the home side. Vinny Guglietti continued his hot spring, as he scored the winning run while going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Starting pitcher Austin Chrismon faced the minimum through two innings, while Bobby St. Pierre and Knigge were also impressive, according to Lanier.
Miles Sheehan (W, 1-0) pitched the fifth and sixth innings and was credited with the win. The rookie was able to settle down at the second time of asking and retired the Aigles in order.
The game perhaps shouldn’t have been as close as it was – Ottawa out-hit Trois-Rivières and left nine men on base.
“A couple of times we had a guy on second base and couldn’t advance him,” said Lanier. “We’ve got to address that.”
The Champions won’t have to wait long to face Trois-Rivières again – they will face them in the season opener on Friday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m. They will play a final preseason game Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. against the Cornwall River Rats of the NCBL.