Niagara Gazette — Twenty two days after thunderstorms delayed the Niagara Power’s June 24 home game against the Olean Oilers, both sides met at Sal Maglie Stadium to finish it as part of a doubleheader.
The Power won, 8-7. But then, ironically, the second game of Wednesday evening — the one originally scheduled — was halted when Mother Nature struck with a short but soaking cloudburst that led officials to call a delay.
That game, which will resume with the Power trailing 2-1 in the top of the third, will be continued as part of a newly arranged doubleheader at Sal Maglie Stadium, beginning at 5 p.m.
As for that first game, the one which resumed from June 24, the Power entered Wednesday afternoon trailing it, 2-0, in the bottom of the fourth inning with Ivan Acuna on first and Jack Trotman at bat. Trotman walked to get aboard and Hunter Bingham sacrificed to move both runners. After Lang was hit by a pitch and loaded up the bases, the Power’s next two hitters popped or lined out to end the inning.
They did not squander their chances the next inning, though, scoring five runs, three of which were driven home by Lang’s triple.
After Olean scored one run in the top of the sixth, Niagara scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning to pull out to an 8-3 lead. Trotman doubled that inning and finished the game with two RBI.
“Our bats really came alive and we had a lot of two-out hits,” said Power head coach Josh Rebandt. “Caleb and (Ryan) Wagley and Trotman had one.”
However, Olean inched their way closer to Niagara and, boosted by a three-run seventh inning, had cut the Power’s lead to just one run by the eighth inning. The Power then sent closer Zach Verner to the mound in the top of the ninth. He allowed a single that let his first batter, Samuel Kysor, get on base. The next man up, pinch hitter James Ott, sacrificed to advance the would-be game-tying run to second.