Niagara Gazette


July 24, 2013

Storm ends Power's season with loss


Niagara Gazette — Offensively, the Power got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning, when Matt Brooks' RBI single scored Tyler Simmons. They didn't score again until the fifth, when Brooks scored as Cody Pentecost reached first on an error.

The Power had nine hits, which was dwarfed by the Dodgers' 20.

With a last place finish in the NYCBL already made certain, the Power hoped to play for pride in the nightcap against the Geneva Twins, who just missed the final playoff spot by one game. 

Both teams traded runs in the first inning. The Twins scored when Ryan Johns doubled to get on base then scored two hitters later as Jimmy Spagna singled to score him. The Power responded when Scott Gillespie walked with two outs and then scored on Perry Rigby's double.

Geneva scored the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth, when Spagna scored as Josh Cassidy reached first on a fielder's choice.

In the bottom of the fourth, Tyler Simmons led off for Niagara but grounded out to third.

Then came the thunderstorm. Given the length of the game, it was the point when the game could be called, and with the rain and lightning both in play, the decision was made to end it.

The loss was Niagara's third straight and ends their 2013 season with a record of 13-27, putting them 12 games out of first place.

The NYCBL playoffs begin today, with the Syracuse Salt Cats traveling to Wellsville to take on the Nitros and the Olean Oilers traveling to the Syracuse Jr. Chiefs. Both games are a single-elimination contest. The winners will advance to three-game series, with first and second seeds Oneonta and Hornell awaiting their opponents. From there, the championship will be decided in another best-of-three series.

It was only one year ago the Power were playing in that champion series. This year, they'll be looking back and wondering where a promising start went wrong. That is, in between dodging the raindrops.

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