Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Power haven’t been able to solve the Hornell Dodgers this season.
Friday night in front of 381 at Sal Maglie Stadium, they didn’t even come close.
The Dodgers crossed home plate early and often while the Power didn’t hit a fly ball out of the infield until the sixth inning in a 12-0 loss, dropping Niagara to 0-5 against the top team in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
“Good offensive teams will make you pay when you give up freebies, and when you don’t capitalize offensively, good teams will put you away,” Niagara pitching coach David Kaplan said. “Unfortunately, that’s what happened today.”
The Dodgers (26-6) scored in the first off Power starter Perry Turner (1-4), who settled from there — at least temporarily.
Turner shut down the Dodgers in the second and third before imploding in the fourth, when the Hornell bats came alive.
Spencer Scorza led off with with a line drive to left that turned into a double when RJ Watters’ diving attempt failed. Jordan Climpson laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Turner’s throw was too low for first baseman AJ Hammond to handle.
Blake Thomas knocked in both with a double into the left-center gap, then moved to third on another sacrifice bunt. Jake Kenney was hit after missing a suicide squeeze, and Connor Lewis grounded out to second, scoring Thomas. Brandon Sandoval scored Kenney with a single to cap the scoring for the inning.
The Dodgers blew the game open with three more runs in the fifth. Scorza led off with another double, this time a one-hopper to the wall in center. Lewis walked, and Thomas scored both on another double to the fence down the line in left.
Jack Moore replaced Turner on the mound and gave up a two-out RBI single to Kenney before getting out of the inning.