Niagara Gazette


July 15, 2013

Late surge sinks Power, 11-9

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.

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