Niagara Gazette

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July 26, 2013

Power's coach looks back on disappointing finish

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Niagara Gazette — In addition to a handful of multi-game losing streaks, the team's character was also tested, Rebandt said, by this season's often wet weather. In addition to delaying the start of their season, the Power found themselves postponed by rain almost the entire final week of June.

"I remember we went to Hornell and got rained out, we went to Olean and got rained out. Didn't even get a chance to warm up," he recalled. "Those bus rides will take a toll."

But from this season's adversity came some standout performances. Rebandt offered special mention to two players.

"Scott Gillespie, he was one of the core guys," said Rebandt of the Power outfielder. "He was a NYCBL All-Star. He competed every day. He never took a pitch off. He was battling a couple of small injuries, not anything serious, but never complained about playing a doubleheader, never asked to get taken out."

Gillespie finished with a batting average of .315, appearing in 31 games andf 34 hits in 108 at-bats. HIs batting average was bettered only by Buddy McCoy's .328.

Rebandt also offered special mention to pitcher Josh Schulman.

"He came on late in our starting rotation. I'd go to war with that guy any day, and I told him that because he knows how to compete," he said.

With the 2013 season and a 13-27 record in the books, Rebandt will take some time off and travel to Michigan to be with family before heading south to Florida, where he's the baseball coach at Clearwater Christian College.

Although they play in a short baseball season, Rebandt and Power president and general manager Cal Kern will be at work as early as August recruiting players for next season. Summer collegiate baseball, he explained, does not have a quiet offseason. Many college coaches like to have their players set with the next summer's collegiate ball team by the end of September or early October, and there are plenty of collegiate leagues besides the NYCBL looking for players.

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