Niagara Gazette — The big bats that have produced the Niagara Power's offensive explosions at many moments this season were held to just eight hits, with Niagara's only three runs coming without home runs. Wellsville, meanwhile, produced 10 runs on 11 hits as the host Nitros won the rubber match against the power, 10-3, Monday evening at the Wellsville Central School baseball field.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth inning, when the hosts went up 2-0. They increased the lead to 6-0 through seven innings. Niagara got its three runs in the eighth inning, followed by the Nitros scoring four more in the bottom of the inning to dash any hopes for a late comeback, sealing Niagara's fate in the top of the ninth by holding the power scoreless.
All but one of the Power's starters got a hit. Cody Pentecost, Ben Pickard, Buddy McCoy and Alex Lagos all doubled. Pentecost and McCoy both recorded an RBI as well.
Luke Heller (1-1) was Niagara's losing pitcher.
The Nitros improved their record to 6-3 and put them into a tie for second place with Niagara's next opponent, the Syracuse Salt Cats. The Power (5-4) are in Syracuse Tuesday to face the Salt Cats, beginning at 5 p.m., at Rockwell Stadium on the LeMoyne College campus. Both teams then head to Niagara Falls to face each other in a rematch Wednesday at Sal Maglie Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.