Niagara Gazette — A big six-run burst in the fifth inning helped the Niagara Power erase a 4-1 deficit and paced them to a 9-6 win over the Genesee Rapids in front of 435 fans Saturday night at Sal Maglie Stadium.
It was the seventh straight win in the New York Collegiate Baseball League for the Power (8-2) and second straight against the Rapids (4-9).
"We're playing good enough baseball right now to keep the streak alive," said Power head coach Josh Rebandt. "The big part, like I've talked about before, is the bullpen. When your bullpen comes out and throws strikes and puts zeroes up on the board, they give you a chance late in the game. We feel comfortable when we have leads late in the game because they have the opportunity to shut it down for us."
The Power's hot bats also played a key role in Saturday night's win. The home team took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Sean Visconti singled to get on base, advanced to second on Hunter Bingham's hit and then stole third. He then came home on Caleb Lang's RBI single.
It turned out to be just the start of Lang's big night. When it was done, he went 5 for 5 with two triples and three RBIs.
The Rapids got runners aboard in the third inning and used it to go ahead of their hosts. After loading the bases with two successive singles and a walk, they took a 2-1 lead on an error by starting pitcher Brian Baxter. His pickoff throw to first base struck the baserunner, Riley Roberts. The ball, after hitting Roberts' shoulder, rolled all the way to the fence in deep foul territory. The error allowed Tommy Lentine and Rene Rivera to score while Roberts advance to third. Genesee increased the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fourth.