Niagara Gazette — After an uneventful second inning, the Oilers cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third. Power starter Will Kirby walked the first two Olean batters. Ryan Kohlhofer, who laid a sacrifice bunt to advance a runner in the first inning, sacrificed again to advance the runners. That set up Michael Fahrman’s sacrifice fly, which scored Lancaster, NY native and Erie Community College student Brett Bauth from third.
The Power were error prone and two of the five they committed in the game allowed the Oilers to tie it up at 2-2 in the top of the sixth. James bobbled the ball at third base, allowing James Ott to get aboard. Two hitters later, Derek Turocy hit a line shot into right that scored Ott to score from second.
Olean then took the lead in the top of the seventh. Austin Johnson led off and was hit by a pitch, giving him a free trot to first. He advanced on yet another sacrifice by Kohlhofer. After Fahrman grounded out, Jack Elliott walked to get on base. Pinch hitter Ted Dilts followed with an RBI single that scored Johnson. Ott then singled to score Elliott.
The Power replaced Kirby on the mound with Jack Moore, who combined with Hammond to pick off Ott at first and stop the bleeding. They then got a run back in the bottom of the seventh. Sean Visconti led off with a standup double then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Tyler Marcinko. Visconti then scored on a passed ball by Olean’s catcher, Fahrman.
Niagara threatened to at least tie the game up, as James got to third on a wild pitch by Olean’s Aaron Grasing. Acuna, who walked to get on base, got to second on the same play. There were two outs, though, and the Power’s scoring threat ended when Wagley went down swinging.