Niagara Gazette — A six-run explosion in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Rochester Ridgemen to an 11-9 win over the Niagara Power Monday night at Basket Road Field in Webster.
The loss sent the Power (10-19) back to the bottom of the New York Collegiate Baseball League standings.
The outcome looked like it would favor Niagara in the early stages, as Johnny Blue Craig and Buddy McCoy got on base in the first inning and were brought home by a Perry Rigby single. McCoy's base hit scored Hunter Lewis in the third inning to increase Niagara's lead to 3-0.
The Ridgemen's comeback, though, would begin by the fourth inning. Josh Turner's single scored Ryan Logan to begin a rally that inning. Turner would later be brought home on Matt Simmons' single.
The Power scored two more runs in the top of the fifth when Rigby got on base with the help of an error by Rochester shortstop Ben Circeo. In the ensuing play, Craig and Lewis, who were both on base, made their way home and it was 5-2 in favor of the Power.
Rochester, however, countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to even the score. After Taylor Empkey walked to first, he was brought home by the next batter, Joshua Davis, who doubled. Davis would advance to third and came in to score off a wild pitch by Niagara's starting pitcher Zach Uher. Turner, the next batter, singled to bring Nicholas Wolyniec home with the game-tying run.
Niagara went back in the lead the following inning when another error by Circeo allowed Craig to reach first base safely and let Tyler Simmons score. The Power added three more runs in the seventh inning with offense including a two-run triple by Jimmy Landes.
After the seventh inning stretch, however, came the Ridgemen's game-winning rally. Joshua Davis started it with a solo home run. Rochester then put Wolyniec and Ryan Logan on base, both of whom scored on Turner's base hit.
Rochester's Circeo, who committed two costly errors earlier in the game, singled to bring Wolyniec home with what turned out to be the game-winning run. Turner then scored off a wild pitch by Niagara reliever Kenneth DeCook. Circeo also scored on John Patrick Kenney's fielder's choice.
The Ridgemen sent reliever Clint Brown to the mound to start the eighth inning, and he allowed just one hit while striking out two in his two innings of work to earn the save.
Caleb Jordan (0-2) took the loss for the Power.
The same two teams will meet again Tuesday at Sal Maglie Stadium for a doubleheader, which was scheduled as the result of a rainout earlier in the season. The first of the two games begins at 4 p.m.
Tuesday's games begin a five-day homestand for Niagara, who will also welcome the Olean Oilers for two games Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the Hornell Dodgers who will play the Power once on Friday followed by a doubleheader on Saturday.