Champions Dominant in Exhibition Opener

May 12, 2017 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Ottawa Champions

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May 12, 2017, Ottawa, ON - Baseball has finally returned to Ottawa in 2017 as the Champions defeated the St. Jerome Royals, from the Quebec Senior League, 13-1 in an exhibition game on Friday afternoon.

With an overpowering offence and strong pitching the Champions treated their home crowd to a dominant victory on School Day at RCGT Park.

Daniel Cordero had a very strong start going three innings with four strikeouts while only allowing one run.

After a 1-2-3 inning to start the game from Cordero, the Champions put up three runs thanks to a Sebastien Boucher RBI single, a sacrifice fly and later an RBI double to deep centre off the bat of Ricky Oropesa.

The second was much like the first. Thanks to a couple of RBI singles from Adron Chambers and newly acquired Brian Bistagne, the Champions were quickly up 5-0.

The Royals were able to get to Cordero in the third with a Samuel Ouellette RBI single down the right field line, but that's all they could muster against the Champions starter.

Ottawa would double its score in the third, capitalizing on two bases loaded opportunities.

Daniel Bick and Steve Brown each drove in two runs with bases-loaded singles. Brian Bistagne also drove in a run on a base hit from a swinging bunt.

Relief pitcher Andrew Cooper found himself in a tough situation in the top of the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs. However, a strikeout, a short fly ball and groundball allowed him to escape with no runs scoring.

The Champions scored three more runs over the final three innings to increase their total to 13.

All three players from the open tryouts had impressive debuts.

Tyson GIllies drove in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly in two at-bats. Carson Helms hustled out a double and later scored and was also hit by a pitch, while Curtis Johnson looked strong out of the bullpen throwing a perfect sixth inning.

The Champions exhibition schedule will continue on Saturday as they travel to St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC for a 1pm game. They'll return to RCGT Park on Sunday for a 1:35 pm Mother's Day game against the NCBL All-Stars.

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