JULY 9 LEAGUE RECAP
Photo Courtesy: Marc Lafleur/Ottawa Champions
Ottawa 8, Sussex County 7 – Box Score
First baseman Steve Nyisztor singled home RF Steve Brown (pictured) with the game winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Ottawa defeated Sussex County in a stunning walk-off, 8-7. The Miners carried a 7-4 lead into the final frame only to see the Champions score four runs and win the contest.
Ottawa collected 12 hits as a team with eight of the nine batters picking-up at least one. Champions SS Daniel Bick went 2-for-5 with two runs scored while C Zak Colby had a pair of hits in three at-bats and drove in three runs. Designated hitter Sebastien Boucher also chipped in a three-hit night with a run scored and an RBI for Ottawa.
Champions pitcher Daniel Carela allowed two earned runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched and notched his first victory. Carela struck out two in the eight batters faced.
For Sussex County in the losing effort, 1B Audy Ciriaco went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Quebec 1, Trois-Rivieres 0 – Box Score
Quebec starting pitcher Arik Sikula threw eight sensational innings in leading the Capitales to a 1-0 victory over Trois-Rivieres.
Sikula threw 112 pitches and allowed no earned runs on six hits with a walk and 11 big strikeouts. The righty is now 7-2 on the season and has fanned 9 plus batters in his last three starts. Sikula is currently in the top five in the Can-Am in wins (1st – 7), strikeouts (2nd – 74), innings pitched (2nd– 67.2) and ERA (4th – 2.26).
Quebec pitcher Trevor Bayless struck out two batters in the ninth inning and notched his third save of the season.
The only run of the contest came in the third inning when DH Maxx Tissenbaum scored on a single by LF James McOwen.
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