Niagara Gazette

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June 20, 2013

Niagara Power salts Syracuse, 9-4

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Niagara Gazette — The game then quieted down in the fourth inning. Niagara did not score again until the bottom of the sixth, when Tyler Simmons scored on a sacrifice fly by Rigby to put Niagara ahead by 7-4. An errant throw to second base on one of Craig's four steals allowed another run to score. Rigby then put an exclamation mark on his night's performance with an eighth inning triple that scored another run to make it 9-4.

The win improved Niagara's record to 6-5 on the season and was a welcomed response to their shutout loss in Syracuse the night before.

"We talked about it (Tuesday). I told them we'd come around at some point," said Rebrandt. "We have a lot of good hitters. We had a lot of guys who were squaring up balls. They just weren't falling for us. Tonight we got some balls to fall for us and we put some pressure on their defense, and I think that helped us out."

Niagara's return home to Sal Maglie Stadium, after several days on the road, offered the estimated 305 fans in attendance what's been a rare sight so far this season — clear skies and dry weather. It was a treat not only for the fans but a nice morale booster for the home team.

"That was another thing we talked about, too," added Rebrandt. "We'd been on the road for the past four or five days and I think it took a toll on the guys. I told them (Tuesday) that once we get a little bit of a change in scenery I think we're going to see a difference in the energy."

The Power are off today but remain home Friday and Saturday to host the Geneva Red Wings. Friday's opening pitch against the Wings is set for 7 p.m.

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