Niagara Gazette

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July 11, 2014

Power returns from All-Star break with 5-4 loss

Niagara Gazette — A two-run sixth inning helped the Wellsville Nitros break a 3-3 tie and hand the Niagara Power a 5-4 loss Thursday night at Sal Maglie Stadium.

It was the Power’s first game since the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. The loss drops the Power to 16-15 this season and is the team’s fourth straight loss.

The home team was actually in it for most of the contest but had to deal with some injuries which forced head coach Josh Rebandt to shuffle several of his fielders throughout the game. It started with his decision to pull shortstop Sean Visconti, who was in his first game in weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

“It’s going to be day to day,” said Power head coach Josh Rebandt. “His hamstring’s tight. It’s something that’s day to day. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Also out of the game unexpectedly was Austin Yeoman. While trying to reach first in his only at-bat, he moved slowly to the bag and was an easy out. It was revealed after the game that he was suffering from a hip injury that will be looked at this morning.

The Nitros (8-21) built a 3-0 lead in the top of the third but the Power responded with three of their own to tie the game. Tyler Marcinko led off with a triple, followed by Ivan Acuna taking first after being hit by a pitch. Ryan Wagley singled to score Marcinko. On a hit-and-run play, Acuna scored from second as Caleb Lang singled. Wagley scored later in the inning as Jack Trotman reached first safely on an error by Wellsville second baseman Benjamin Haefner.

The game remained tied in the fourth inning when starting Power pitcher Josh Schulman found himself in the midst of some controversy. With one out, Wellsville’s Christ Conley was in the batter’s box but twice, as Schulman began his windup, Conley stepped out. Schulman finished his windups and threw the ball high over the heads of everyone at home plate toward the backstop. After being forced out of his rhythm, Schulman then delivered a pitch that hit Conley. The Niagara pitcher was quick to gesture an apology to Conley but was still given a warning by the umpire.

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