The #Ottawa Champions got another clutch performance from a starting pitcher but it wasn’t enough as the #Rockland Boulders chased home a run in the 10th inning to win Game 2 of the Can-Am Baseball League’s championship series 5-4 and grab a 2-0 lead in the best of five series.

Ottawa starter Daniel Cordero chucked seven solid innings of three-hit ball on a chilly night at RCGT Park. The Venezuelan righty gave up two runs (one earned) while striking out eight and walking four.

He left the game with his team tied 2-2. Reliever Laetten Galbraith pitched a clean eighth then ran into trouble in the ninth when the Champions defense crumbled as Rockland scored twice to take a 4-2 lead. Ottawa didn’t fold though as 3B Donal Duarte cracked a two-run single that scored CF Sebastien Boucher and DH Kenny Bryant to knot things up at four and set the stage for 10th inning heroics by the visitors.

Ottawa didn't fade away.

The hero for the Boulders turned out to be RF Mike Montville who lifted a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to bring home the winning run. Again, Ottawa didn’t fade away but came up short as SS Daniel Bick was thrown out at the plate after scampering home on a double by RF Adron Chambers.

The Champions dropped Game 1 of the series 6-5 when reliever Randy Hamrick (0-1) couldn’t hold the 5-3 lead he inherited.

Ottawa had taken the two-run lead into the eighth inning but the Boulders charged back against Hamrick and Tyler Wilson with three runs in the inning to claim the victory.

Ottawa starting pitcher and Can-Am Baseball League Pitcher of the Year Austin Chrismon pitched seven stellar innings, giving up three earned runs while fanning nine and walking none. Rockland DH Marcus Nidiffer hit two home runs off Chrismon and drove in four runs on the night.

The teams are in Pomona, NY for Game 3 tonight at 7 at Palisades Credit Union Park. Lefty Yean Carlos Gil is slated to start for the Champions. Ottawa fans can watch online at www.canamleague.tv or listen to radio station 107.9 CKDJ.

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