Niagara Gazette — The Hornell Dodgers needed just one big inning to show why they’re the top team in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
A six-run rally in the seventh inning erased the Niagara Power’s 3-0 lead and sent the visiting Dodgers on their way to a 10-5 win Saturday night at Sal Maglie Stadium.
Power head coach Josh Rebandt could only look back on the game that got away and dropped Niagara’s record to 16-12 and improved Hornell’s to 23-6.
“We just didn’t execute towards the later part of the game, which is when we’re usually pretty good,” he said. “Once we turn the ball over to our bullpen, things usually turn out pretty well for us. Tonight it didn’t. It’s just one of those nights we didn’t execute well and they did when they needed to.
The Dodgers got on the scoreboard and cut Niagara’s three-run lead to just two runs in the sixth inning. That’s when Spencer Scorza reached first when A.J. Hammond misplayed the throw from third. He later scored on Jimmy Latona’s base hit.
Then disaster struck for the Power in the seventh. Hornell’s Jake Kenney led off with a single. The next batter, Rayshelton Carolina, walked to get on base. The runners then advanced on Brandon Sandoval’s hit to Turner, who threw the ball to first for the out. The Power then intentionally walked Johnson to load the bases and try for force outs but the next hitter, Hank Morrison, singled to score Kenney and Carolina. Scorza then singled, scoring Johnson. Lewis followed with a big triple to right field that scored Morrison and Scorza. Lewis came home on a sacrifice fly by Latona for the last of Hornell’s six runs that inning.