The task was a daunting on Monday night, as the Ottawa Champions were matched up against Wichita Wingnuts ace Tim Brown. After falling the two previous nights, the home club used a pair of three-run innings to back the outstanding outing of Anthony Werner in a 6-1 victory.
Neither team was able to score in the first two innings, but in the third the Champions touched Brown for three runs. The Wingnuts starter retired the first two hitters of the inning, but gave up back-to-back singles to Albert Cartwright and Roberto Ramirez. Sebastien Boucher followed with a double to score both runners to give Ottawa the two-run lead. Next up was Mike Schwartz, who lined a single into center to score Boucher and make it 3-0.
In the fifth the home club extended their lead. Daniel Brick tripled to begin the inning, and Cartwright followed by walking. Following a stolen base by Cartwright, Ramirez singled to score both runners to make it 5-0. Two hitters later Schwartz walked and Bryce Massanari singled to score Schwartz with the Champions final run.
Werner was absolutely dominant. Through the first five innings he gave up just two hits and a walk. Meanwhile he was blowing Wingnuts hitters away, striking out seven through the first five innings, including fanning the side in the fourth.
In the sixth the Wichita Wingnuts were finally able to get on the board. Jayce Ray led off with a double and moved to third on a ground out. John Nester drove him home with a single to make it 6-1. It was Nester’s 30th RBI of the season.
After seven manager Hal Lanier took Werner out of the game. The starter allowed 5 hits and walk while striking out 10 in his 7 innings of work. It was an outstanding outing for the Champions starter.
Nick Purdy went the final two innings of the game. He allowed a lone hit while striking out two.
The Wingnuts only recorded six hits on the night, and Brent Dean and John Nester had two hits each. Nester was 2-4 with the lone RBI, while Dean went 2-2.
Ramirez had a great night for the Champions. He was 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI. Boucher had 2 RBI as well.
Despite the loss, the Wichita Wingnuts have continued to look good on this road trip. The club is 4-2 with four games remaining before heading back to Wichita.
By Robert Pannier