Niagara Gazette — The Power’s own hands proved quite effective in the early stages of the game, as strong defensive plays kept the game scoreless. Third baseman Tyler Marcinko made two big plays in the top of the second inning, snaring a line drive and then running down a tough grounder that he threw to first on time for the final out of a one-two-three inning.
The Salt Cats came through with some big defensive plays of their own early. Ithaca native and Canisius Golden Griffin Anthony Massicci made a diving catch in shallow left field that robbed Niagara’s Hunter Bingham of a bloop single.
Massicci also scored the game’s opening run in the fourth inning. After hitting a single to get on base, he advanced to second on Cody LaBadia’s sacrifice bunt and then took third on a balk by Turner. He came home when Tom Nagy grounded out to shortstop.
After three quiet innings at the plate, the Power jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Jarrett James singled to get aboard, stole second base and then took third on Ivan Acuna’s sacrifice bunt.
That set up Caleb Lang’s unusual trip around the bases. His grounder to third base was played by Anthony Morino, but the throw to first was off the mark and rolled past LaBadia toward the fence in foul territory. James scored from third but Lang kept running. As he headed around second, the throw from right fielder Nagy also missed its mark and Lang was able to come home with the go-ahead run.
“It’s always nice to come back and win in front of the home fans,” said Power coach Josh Rebandt. “Once you kind of get settled into your home park and you start to feel what it’s like to play at home, you have more fun. Then when you win it’s going to bring more fans.”
The Power travels to Olean tonight to take on the Oilers, beginning at 7 p.m., then returns to Sal Maglie on Saturday night to host the Oilers, also at 7 p.m.
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