The ottawa champions lived up to their nickname last night after finishing off one of the most spectacular comebacks in the history of the Can-Am Baseball League when they defeated the Rockland Boulders 3-1 to claim the independent league’s title three games to two.

The Boulders had jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the best of five series after they shaded Ottawa twice in one-run affairs at the Champions’ home park.

Ottawa began to gather momentum in Game 3 on Rockland’s home turf in Palisades Credit Union Park when C Danny Grauer clubbed a homer during extra innings to give the visitors a wild 13-12 triumph. Ottawa’s bats stayed hot in Game 4 as the Champions bashed the hometown Boulders by a 13-3 count and set up the crucial Game 5 showdown.

Chrismon allowed only six hits

Pitcher of the Year and all-star starter Austin Chrismon gave Ottawa an outstanding performance on the bump in Game 5.

The big righty went the distance during the winner-take-all tilt. Chrismon allowed only six hits while striking out eight and walking none on the night. The Newport News, VA, resident left it all out there on the mound as his pitch count topped out at 123 with 86 being for strikes.

DH Kenny Bryant did the heavy lifting at the plate by driving in all three runs. The first two came when he singled in RF Adron Chambers and CF Sebastien Boucher in the first inning to give Ottawa a quick 2-0 lead.

Bryant later smashed a home run in the eighth inning to push the score to 3-1 and allow Chrismon some breathing room. The left-handed swinging power- hitting Bryant’s three RBIs upped his playoff total to 10.

Bryant’s two-hit night was tied by SS Daniel Bick who finally found his stroke at the plate after struggling most of the season. Bick finished with a respectable .286 playoff average.

The Ottawa Champions winning of the Can-Am Baseball League’s title is the first professional sports championship that’s been won by an Ottawa-based franchise since the 1995 Ottawa Lynx captured the Triple-A International League’s championship by defeating the Norfolk Tides.

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