Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Power hosted the Syracuse Salt Cats Wednesday in the second game of a home-and-home series, and found themselves in an early battle of the bats that ended with the Power winning, 9-4, on what was Niagara Gazette Night at the ballpark.
As much as Niagara has gained a reputation as a good hitting team, aggressive base running has become an equally important part of the Power's offense. Last night, the Power stole nine bases successfully, with Johnny Blue Craig stealing four of them alone. Those stolen bases helped Niagara take control early and then pad its lead later in the game.
"That's one thing I told the guys at our first practice… be ready to run," said Niagara Power head coach Josh Rebrandt. "I like to be aggressive. I like to take advantage of a team's defense that may not be ready to make a play. (We'll) steal as many bases as we can when those situations come up."
After spotting the Salt Cats a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, the Power responded with three runs of their own.
The Salt Cats scored again to tie the game at 3-3 in the top of the second but Niagara quickly responded in the bottom of the inning. After Cody Pentecost walked to first and then stole second, Perry Rigby reached first on a single. That set up Buddy McCoy, who lined a shot down the left field line for a standup double that brought his two mates home and increased the lead to 5-3. McCoy was later brought home to increase the lead to 6-3.
The Salt Cats got one back to cut the lead to 6-4 in the top of the third, but the Power were able to pitch their way out of a bases-loaded situation to prevent further damage.