Niagara Gazette — Still, it was an inning productive enough to help the Power remain in charge, as the Outlaws cut the lead to 5-3 by the fifth inning.
Niagara got three more runs in the sixth inning to increase the lead to 8-3, but Oneonta slowly crept back into the game with a pair of two-run innings in the seventh and eighth.
Oneonta third basemen Howard Joe had an exceptional bottom of the seventh in the field, snaring a line drive off the bat of Jimmy Landes and fielding to hard hits to end Niagara's inning in 1-2-3 fashion.
The Outlaws evened the score in the top of the ninth, when Josh Treff walked then advanced on Health Holder's base hit. Holder then stole second, aided by a bad throw by Laitar which was dropped by second baseman Perry Rigby. That blunder allowed Treff to come home with the game-tying run.
Looking back in hindsight, would Rebrandt have preferred Laitar hold the ball and let Holder take the base while working on Howard Joe at the plate for the final out?
"Right before (the play) I took a mound visit, and I told Travis to get it into the hand of our second baseman, Rigby," Rebrandt said. "That way Perry would be able to walk him back to first.
"We did what we were supposed to do, we just didn't execute."
Laitar (2-0) ended up getting the win instead of the save, as the Power improved their record to 10-17. Niagara travels to Oneonta today for a rematch with the Outlaws. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
First, though, the team wanted to enjoy something they haven't had for nearly two weeks, a post-game victory shout in their locker room.
"Now we can move forward," Rebrandt said. "The monkey is off our back."