Niagara Gazette


June 17, 2013

Base Paths: Did Power visit signal Muckdogs' future?


Niagara Gazette — In the pressbox, Base Paths heard one Hornell team official tell a cell caller from elsewhere in the league, “You won’t believe it, but we’re playing.”

For the Power, a semi-home game at Dwyer Stadium last Monday was necessitated because Sal Maglie Stadium had a semi-commitment as a high school “rain date.” Kern decided months ago to forego all risk and simply book Dwyer.

“We’d play here again in an instant,” he said, and in fact considered trying a last-second re-book as the June deluge continued. Look for Batavia to not miss a beat in sliding over to the NYCBL when professional ball departs. That’s “when,” not “if.” But the present is now and the ‘Dogs offer 38 chances to reconnect with this most fundamental and joyous sort of play-for-pay.

Doug Smith offers his personal commentary on local baseball every Monday with Base Paths. Contact him at

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