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Getting to CHS Field

Saints Unfriendly Hosts As They Beat Up On Ottawa 14-5

ST. PAUL, MN July 6, 2015


ST. PAUL, MN (July 6, 2015) – The Ottawa Champions are in their first season in the Can-Am League and played their first ever game against the St. Paul Saints.  The Saints were inhospitable hosts in their first interleague matchup of the seaso as they tied a season high with 17 hits and crushed the Champions 14-5 at CHS Field on Monday night in front of 6,223.  With the win they improved to 34-9.

            With the Saints trailing 1-0 in the second Mike Kvasnicka reached on a one out single.  Robert Youngdahl singled him to second.  With two outs Dan Kaczrowski tied the game at one with an RBI single to right.  Up stepped Alonzo Harris who crushed a three-run homer to left, his fifth of the season, to give the Saints a 4-1 lead.

            That lead was short lived because the Champions used the long ball in the top of the third.  Sebastian Boucher led off the inning with a walk and Mike Schwartz drilled a two-run homer to right, his third of the season, to make it 4-3.  With one out Jon Talley tied it with a solo blast to right, his fifth of the season.

            The Saints, however, answered loudly in the bottom of the inning as they sent 11 men to the plate and put up seven runs.  Vinny DiFazio led off with a walk and advanced to second on a single by Ian Gac.  With one out Kvasnicka loaded the bases with a single to left.  A bases loaded walk to Youngdahl gave the Saints a 5-4 lead.  Anthony Phillips made it 6-4 with a sacrifice fly and Dan Kaczrowski chased starter Dan Tobik with an RBI single that made it 7-4.  Left-handed reliever Jack Fowler came on in relief and fared no better as Alonzo Harris made it 8-4 with an RBI single.  Harris finished the night 4-6 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored.  Willie Argo followed Harris’ single with an RBI single of his own to make it 9-4.  DiFazio added a two-run double to finish the scoring in the inning and make it 11-4.

            In the fourth the Saints kept pouring it on when Angelo Songco walked and Kvasnicka drove him home with a double to make it 12-4.  Kvasnicka finished 4-5 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored.  After a single by Youngdahl moved Kvasnicka to third Phillips knocked him home with a sac fly to make it 13-4.

            The final run for the Saints came in the seventh when Gac hit a solo homer to center, his seventh of the season.

            The same two teams meet in game two of the four game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at CHS Field.  The Saints send RHP Drew Gay (1-0, 3.86) to the mound against Champions RHP Drew Cisco (1-3k, 5.87).  It is Pink It Up Night, Breast Cancer Awareness Night.  The Saints will wear special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game.  The game can be seen on the Saints Cable Network, cable access channels in the Twin Cities, heard on Club 1220 KLBB and in the ballpark on 97.9 FM.