Niagara Gazette

June 24, 2013

Power drop doubleheader in Geneva

STAFF REPORTS
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Power found two ways to lose on Sunday — both by a close margin and also by a blowout. The Power closed out its series with the Geneva Red Wings by dropping both games of a doubleheader on the road, losing 9-0 and 3-2.

The first game was all Geneva from the first inning, when the host Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead. That’s all the runs they would need, but built its lead while holding the Power to just three hits.

Brian Weightman scored four RBIs for the Red Wings while Kenneth Rabin added three.

Besides the lack of bats, Niagara also hurt its cause in the first game with five errors.

Adam Posey was the losing pitcher for Niagara in the opening game. It was his first loss of the season, putting his record at 2-1.

Rain briefly delayed the start of the nightcap, and while the Red Wings again opened with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Niagara responded with a run in the second inning. Hunter Lewis drove Johnny Blue Craig home to spark hopes that the Power could salvage their day in the second game.

Geneva added another run in the second inning, but later in the game the Power would again cut the lead to one run. It happened in the fourth inning. After reaching first base on a fielder’s choice, Cameron Wilkie advanced to second on an error that allowed Cody Pentecost to reach first. Wilkie then ran for third and, with the Red Wings catcher allowing a ball to pass him, scored what proved to be the Power’s last run of the game.

There would be no late comeback as they enjoyed at home against Geneva on Saturday night. Instead, Niagara fell to 7-8 on the season with Sunday’s losses.

The Power are off today. They’ll open a three-game series with the Olean Oilers Tuesday night. The games Tuesday and Wednesday are on the road with the third game at Sal Maglie Stadium on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.