Niagara Gazette — A blown lead late in Game Two helped the Niagara Power drop both ends of a doubleheader Sunday on the road against the Wellsville Nitros.
The Power lost the opener 6-3 and the nightcap 5-4. Both games were shortened to seven innings.
In the opener, the Power (16-14) struggled at the plate and in the field. Niagara opened a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Caleb Lang singled in Tyler Marcinko.
The Nitros (7-21) scored twice in the first and once in the third off Niagara starter Jonathan Knapp (1-2) to open up a 3-1 lead. Niagara tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, knocked in on an Ivan Acuna single and an AJ Hammond double.
Benjamin Haefner scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning for Wellsville. He singled and advanced to second on an error to lead off the inning, then moved to third on a fielder’s choice. He scored unearned on a sacrifice fly.
Wellsville starter Brandon Ward (2-3) earned the win, tossing five innings of three-run ball. Forrest Kirsch picked up his second save of the year, working around a single in the seventh.
Niagara led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth in Game Two but took the loss after giving up three runs.
Wagley had a run-scoring single in the third and a two-run single in the fifth to lead the offense. Austin Yeoman scored one run and knocked in the other.
Power starter Brian Baxter (2-2) looked sharp until the sixth, when an error her his outing. Baxter hit one batter, gave up a single and allowed one to reach on an error, retiring only one in the inning before being pulled. Reliever Jack Moore gave up a two-run single to the first batter he faced, Christ Connelly, then allowed the winning run to cross on a wild pitch.
Wellsville’s Daniel Harms (3-3) went the distance, giving up 10 hits and four runs in seven innings.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League will take a break, with the All-Star Game scheduled for Tuesday in Houghton, NY.