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July 19, 2013

Power blow big lead, lose 14-9

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Niagara Gazette — The Power got on a roll in the bottom of the third, with a little help from Lakso who, after the Power loaded up the bases, walked home two of Niagara's seven runs. The home team went through twelve batters in the third, with Gillespie, McCoy and and Landes getting two at-bats.

Niagara conceded a run in the fourth inning but kept the Oilers from scoring in the fifth inning.

However, with Laitar replaced in the top of the sixth by Kenneth DeCook, the Oilers began chipping away at what seemed like a safe lead. Mike Pascarella walked to begin what would be a three-run rally. The following batter, Gibson, doubled to advance Pascarella. Both men would score runs as would Kyle Mann.

Olean scored three more runs in the seventh inning, including the go-ahead run. Gibson tripled, then scored when Julien Plana reached first safely on an error. Tim Ravel, who got on base after being hit by a pitch, also scored off a double by Johnson to put the Oilers ahead, 9-8.

They weren't done. The following inning, Olean racked up five runs to not only complete their comeback but silence the 292 fans in attendance.

While Niagara got a run in the bottom of the eighth, it was all but certain Olean would go on to victory when the Oilers center fielder made a diving catch to rob Cameron Wilkie of a potential rally-starting base hit.

Dalton Scarborough picked up the win for the Oilers (21-11), whose swagger only built up by the bottom of the eighth inning, with the players stepping just outside their dugout to hoot and howl in delight with every hard-fought out or additional run scored.

Sam Whim took the loss for the Power, who lost their third straight and fell to 11-22 on the season.

Niagara continues its homestand tonight, hosting the Hornell Dodgers beginning at 7 p.m.

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