Niagara Gazette

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July 14, 2014

Power splits doubleheader with Hornell

Niagara Gazette — NIAGARA FALLS — After rallying to win the first game of a doubleheader with a walk-off single, the Niagara Power committed costly errors that let the Hornell Dodgers take the nightcap, as the teams split a twin bill Saturday at Sal Maglie Stadium.

Four errors by the Power in the sixth inning of Game 2 brought Hornell’s winning run home on their way to a 6-4 win in a scheduled seven-inning contest. Earlier in the day, Hunter Bingham snapped his 0-for-4 slump by driving home the game-winning run to lift the Power to a 5-4 victory in 10 innings.

It was suggested to him later that evening that someone up there just seemed to like him at that moment.

“It was definitely a God moment for me,” said Bingham. “Having struggled earlier in the game, I’ve been a little frustrated lately in this season and it’s been very humbling. I just came out and realized it’s not about me, just go out there and stay loose and try to have fun. Our team played a great game and that’s what gave me that opportunity.”

Although the night ended on a disappointing note for Niagara (17-17), they did snap a five-game losing streak along the way and got their first win of the season against Hornell (27-7), the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s top team, following Friday night’s 12-0 drubbing by this same Dodger squad.

Taking away Friday night’s blowout and Niagara has, for the most part, stayed in games against Hornell.

“We’ve played the Dodgers petty well and we’ve had a lot of close games with them so far this year. We’ve just ended up on the other side,” said Power head coach Josh Rebandt. “Fortunately we were able to pull away with that first one and get the monkey off our back.”

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