Niagara Gazette — “I think we had some opportunities with some two-out innings which we didn’t capitalize on,” said Rebandt when asked if he felt there was a defining play which reversed the game’s fortunes .”I don’t think it was necessarily any one thing, because we had some times when we had an opportunity to break it open and we didn’t.”
The Power had built up a 3-0 lead by the fifth inning and the defense was generally clicking in the first half of the game. The Dodgers threatened to score in the first three innings but both starting pitcher Perry Turner and the fielders played roles to leave Hornell scoreless. In the first inning, Turner gave up two consecutive hits to start the game but Gabe Sevigny, Ivan Acuna and Hammond combined for a double play that cleared the bases. Turner then got Hank Morrison to fly out to end the inning.
In the second inning, Turner gave up a single and walk that put runners on base but then struck out two consecutive batters to end the inning and get out of the jam.
Niagara’s offense, meanwhile, worked up its lead slowly, one run at a time. Their first came in the bottom of the first inning. Tyler Marcinko led off with a walk, stole second then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Trotman. He was brought home as Acuna grounded out with one out.
The Power went up 2-0 in the second inning with a combination of luck and thoughtful base running. Hunter Bingham’s ground to short looked like an easy double play was about to unfold but the shortstop, Thad Johnson, bobbled the ball and instead ending the inning the Power loaded up the bases. Niagara then scored its second run of the game when Sevigny grounded to second base. The Dodgers forced Bingham out at second, but Niagara’s designated hitter stopped running midway between first and second, preventing an easy throw to first and keeping the inning alive as Hammond scored from third with just two outs.