Niagara Gazette — Niagara stuck to its reputation, using late-game heroics to gain a lead as they defeated the Syracuse Jr. Chiefs at Onondaga Community College, 4-2.
The Jr. Chiefs (9-20) took an early lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the first.
Syracuse's Gabe Levanti hit a double to reach scoring position. Vinny Mallaro followed his teammate to the plate, hitting a one-out single to drive in Levanti.
The starting pitchers, Niagara's Blake Hohlbein and Syracuse's Shawn Kanwisher, dueled over the next five innings, allowing a combined seven hits over the first six innings.
Kanwisher struck out six, allowing only two hits while Hohlbein, who went eight innings total, struck out two.
With the dominatying Kanwisher out of the game, the Power (16-11) clawed back in the seventh.
The Power's Caleb Lang reached base with a single. His teammate Michael Crowley followed him to the plate, hitting a single that scored Lang, tying the game at one.
The Power then took the lead for good in the eighth.
Niagara's Tyler Marcinko reached base on a walk. Marcinko was moved to second on a Jack Trotman groundout.
Syracuse then intentionally walked Ivan Acuna. Ryan Wagley made Syracuse pay for the walk, hitting a single to load the bases.
Wagley and Acuna then score on back-to-back wild pitch to take a 3-1 lead.
The Power made it 4-1 when Trotman hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth.
Syracuse tried to crawl back in the ninth, scoring a run on a Brian Burns sacrifice fly.
However, Zach Verner was too much to handle, closing out the game for the Power.
The Power return home to play the league leading Hornell Dodgers at 7 p.m. tonight at Sal Maglie Stadium.