Niagara Gazette


August 19, 2013

Base Paths: Local lad is a no-hit killer


Niagara Gazette — • And the music critic among the throng advising the anthem singer “Get a new recording!”

Congratulations, Cayuga. It wasn’t always great baseball, but it was always a great time.

ZOMBIE BALL: If the Bisons narrowly miss the playoffs, blame it on Thursday’s Zombie Matinee.

The Herd up 2-0 in the fifth, one on, one out, Red Wing catcher Eric Fryer ripped a grounder to third, sure-fire formula for a double play. But Jim Negrych threw wildly to second, Ryan Goins leaping to save it for a single force out. Fryer, surviving at first, broke for second; Mike Nickeas’ threw beat him but the ball skipped away. Killed twice, the undead Fryer still loomed at second and before the inning ended, the Wings had put up three.

Negrych had a terrible game, a charged error and five outs in four at-bats. Not so newcomer Brad Glenn, whose historic homer in his first at-bat sailed over the sign honoring the legendary Ollie Carnegie. And Justin Germano lost a complete game, pitching 75 strikes in 102 throws.

The stats suggested victory; the Zombies said, not so fast.

Doug Smith offers his takes on baseball every Monday with Base Paths. Send him an email at

Doug Smith offers his takes on baseball every Monday with Base Paths. Send him an email at

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