Niagara Gazette — They held out for as long as possible, even after a few flashes of lightning appeared in the distance beyond Sal Maglie Stadium's left field fence. Eventually, though, the umpires had seen enough and halted Tuesday night's Niagara Power game against the Geneva Twins for a required 30-minute delay.
Minutes later, a heavy downpour fell upon the ballpark and made it clear that the game in progress, which the Power was trailing 4-2, wasn't going to resume that night. What was billed as Niagara Gazette Night was over just minutes before 8 p.m.
The Power-Twins game will pick up tonight at 6 p.m., followed immediately after by the regularly scheduled meeting between the same two teams. When play resumes, the Twins will be in their 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning with two outs.
"Hopefully this is the last time this happens for a little while, but also tonight it's good for our bullpen," said Power head coach Josh Rebandt in his office after game was formally called off. "It gives them a day of rest. We'll probably add a guy to our bullpen tomorrow due to the rain."
The Twins quickly attacked the Power's pitching to open Tuesday night's play. With Perry Turner starting on the mound for Niagara, Bob Barnett got aboard on an error by Niagara's Austin Yeoman. Tre Edwards then singled to get on base. Barnett was brought home on Mike Annone's double deep to the right-center fence. He and Edwards then scored on Zach Goldstein's double off the left-center fence. Justin Green then singled to score Goldstein.
Niagara mustered only one hit in the first inning, a double by Caleb Lang, but cut the lead in the bottom of the second. A.J. Hammond got on base with a single, followed by Jack Trotman who reached safely thanks to an error by Geneva first baseman Jason Ibrahim. The third batter up that inning, John Mulhern, laid down a suicide sacrifice bunt down third base line that was played to first. While Mulhern was out, Hammond scored easily while Trotman beat the tag at home to bring home a second run.