Niagara Gazette

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June 7, 2014

Power earn comeback victory

Niagara Gazette — Hunter Bingham hit a two-run double in the top of the 11th to cap a pair of huge comebacks by the Niagara Power in a 14-11 road win over the Olean Oilers on Thursday. 

Jarrett James led off the 11th with a walk, then moved to third on Ivan Acuna’s single. Acuna swiped second, but neither could advance on Ryan Wagley’s groundout to third. Caleb Lang bounced another to third, but this time Olean’s Mike Roman couldn’t handle it. James scored on the error.

Sean Visconti was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Bingham delivered the big blow, scoring Lang and Acuna.

Tyler VonDracek earned the win on the hill, tossing five scoreless innings in relief.

Down 11-4 at one point, Niagara (5-4) tied the game in the top of the ninth. Trailing 11-9, Tyler Marcinko walked and AJ Hammond singled to lead off the inning. James hit a one-out single to load the bases. Acuna singled and Wagley walked to push across the tying runs.

The Oilers jumped all over Niagara starter Blake Holbein, scoring four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first. Four separate Oilers had RBIs in the inning.

Trailing 5-0 heading into the third, Niagara found the scoreboard. Jack Trotman singled and James walked to lead off the inning, and both would come around to score. Wagley scored Trotman with an RBI double.

Niagara cut the score to 5-4 in the fourth, with Marcinko and Trotman each scoring an unearned run. Trotman knocked in Marcinko and came around to score on Acuna’s base knock.

The Oilers pushed the lead to seven, scoring three runs in both the fourth and the sixth. Holbein was pulled after four. Jack Moore pitched a scoreless fifth before Daniel Twitty was touched up for three in the sixth. 

A five-run seventh put Niagara in position to tie it late. Acuna and Wagley singled, and both came around to score on Caleb Lang’s triple.

Visconti singled in Lang before Bingham walked. Hammond was brought into the game as a pinch-hitter was hit by a pitch with two outs. Trotman and James both drew a bases-loaded walk to score the final two runs.

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