Niagara Gazette — Mother Nature has not played nice with the Niagara Power many times during the 2013 New York Collegiate Baseball League season.
Tuesday night, it had the final say.
A thunderstorm passing over Sal Maglie Stadium led to the abrupt end of the Power's season finale, just four innings into a scheduled seven inning contest, with the Power losing to the Geneva Twins, 2-1.
It added insult to injury with the team still reeling from a 16-2 blowout loss earlier in the day by the Hornell Dodgers, also at home.
Both games were played as makeups for postponements earlier in the season brought on by — what else? — rainy weather.
The first game Tuesday afternoon, against the Dodgers, was the game that was supposed to be played last Friday evening but was washed out by the damaging storms that passed through the region.
Hornell scored seven runs in the first inning with a rally that began with the leadoff hitter, Steven Goldstein, reaching first with a single. He and Chris Roeder were later brought home on a double by the Dodgers' fourth hitter, Anthony Renz. It was only the first two runs in an inning that quickly spun out of control for the home team.
Niagara's starting pitcher, Kenneth DeCook, was chased after giving up seven runs just two thirds into the top of the first inning. He also took the loss, his first and only decision in six appearances during the 2013 NYCBL season.
Niagara's other pitchers didn't fare much better. Peter Moran, a Williamsville resident playing his college ball at Wheaton, went five innings and kept the Dodgers scoreless until his final inning, the sixth, when he surrendered five runs.
Travis Laitar took the mound in the seventh and gave up three runs in just a third of an inning. Sam Whim took over and gave up just one more run in his three innings of work.