As the summer heats up (literally) the Champions hitters are following suit. The past few series have seen fewer runners left on base and more consistent production when they need it most. Halfway through the 2018 season, Ottawa is still sitting in last place, but in such a small league, anything can happen as summer gets hotter.
Since Monday July 16, the Champions are at home for their longest homestand of the remaining season. Seven all-Canadian games in a row will be played at RCGT Park, beginning with 3 games against the 2nd place Quebec Capitales, followed by a weekend tilt against the pesky Trois-Rivieres Aigles.
This homestand will see all the special promotions running, beginning with Baseball Bingo on Tuesday, followed by the crowd pleasing $1 hot dog night Thursday and $5 beers on Friday. Saturday July 21 is both Ladies’ Night and Fireworks night at the yard. Come for the baseball, stay for the diamond earrings and fireworks.
Daniel Bick continues to improve at the plate this season, taking home the CanAm Pointstreak Player of the Week for June 24-30 after going on an absolute tear on the road and amounting 42 hits, 16 RBI and an batting average of .321 in the first 36 games of the season. His defence remains incredibly consistent, as his bat is bringing more power than previous seasons.
Jordan Kurokawa was awarded the Pitcher of the Month for June. In his six starts during June the righty went 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 41 innings of work. Currently, Kurokawa’s 2.22 ERA this season is fourth among Can-Am League pitchers, while he also leads the league with three complete games making him an incredible asset to the strapped bullpen. The Hawaiian has also walked just seven hitters in 48.2 innings pitched.
With recent injuries to 1B Vinny Guglietti, 2B Steve Nyisztor, and RHP Jake Hale, there have been a few roster shakeups, which will probably continue as Hal Lanier shifts the remaining puzzle pieces for a fully staffed lineup. There will be some new faces in the dugout this week as the Champions try to fight back into winning form after a few frustrating series.
The Ottawa Champions play home games at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (300 Coventry Road) directly off the 417 with access to the Max Keeping pedestrian bridge. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $5 for youth. Parking is $5, making it the most affordable professional sports event in town. For more, follow @ottawachampions on Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.