Niagara Gazette —
A flash of lightning and rumble of thunder halted the Niagara Power's home game Tuesday evening, with the visiting Olean Oilers leading, 2-0, in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Moments after the thunder forced a mandatory 30-minute delay, heavy rain poured down on the stadium, chasing fans into the parking lot and Power players and staff toward an available set of tarps which they used to cover the infield, but not in time to save the game.
Both Power starter Blake Holbein and Oilers hurler Austin Bizzle made quick work of their innings leading up to the rain delay. Holbein needed only six pitches to end the top of the first, getting Michael Roman and Ryan Kohlhofer to ground out before striking out Ted Dilts.
Holbein gave up his first hit in the third inning but then surrendered three more in the fourth, when Olean scored two runs on Samuel Kysor's base hit.
The Power got their first hit in the bottom of the fourth when Ivan Acuna led off with a single. The next batter up, Jack Trotman, was facing a 2-0 count when the rumble of thunder brought the game to a halt.
The game will be continued from that point as part of a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 5 p.m.