Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Power have made a habit of falling behind this season, even during their recent winning streak.
Sunday night at Hornell, the Power’s trademarked comeback fell just short. After Niagara erased a 3-0 deficit, the Dodgers walked off 4-3 winners of an 11-inning meeting between the top two teams of the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s Western Division. The loss ended a string of seven straight wins for Niagara.
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, runners on first and third, Hornell’s Jake Kenney singled off Niagara’s Tyler VonDrecek (2-1), scoring Jimmy Latona. Latona drew a one-out walk before advancing to second on a single and third in a fielder’s choice. It was just the second run VonDrecek gave up this season and the first in his last nine innings out of the bullpen.
Hornell reliever Jeff Beall (2-0) gave up one hit in the top of the 11th to earn the win.
Hornell (11-3) opened the scoring in the bottom of the third off Niagara starter Jack Moore. After a brilliant catch and relay from center fielder Caleb Lang to second baseman Ivan Acuna to first baseman AJ Hammond erased a leadoff walk with a double play, Moore walked Brandon Sandoval and Thaddeus Johnson.
Hank Morrison plated both with a triple. Moore walked Spencer Scorza, whose attempt to steal second drew an error from Acuna that allowed Morrison to score unearned.
Moore settled down from there, pitching through the sixth. Daniel Twitty tossed four shutdown innings in relief, striking out five.
Niagara (8-3) tied the game in the top of the seventh. Hammond and Jack Trotman drew one-out walks from Hornell starter Zachary Krivda. John Mulhern grounded out Trotman with a fielder’s choice to second.
Michael Crowley’s two-out single scored Hammond, and Crowley and Mulhern moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. After a pair of two-strike fouls, Tyler Marcinko pushed the seventh pitch of his battle with Krivda through for a two-run single, ending the starter’s day.
Niagara plays two more against the Dodgers in a doubleheader scheduled for 11 a.m. today. The Power return home for a Tuesday night meeting with the Geneva Twins on what will be “Niagara Gazette Night.” First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.