Niagara Gazette

July 11, 2013

Loss puts Power in last place

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Power dropped their eighth straight New York Collegiate Baseball League game Wednesday night in Rochester, falling to the Ridgemen by a score of 12-2.

Worse than that, the team also fell into last place in the NYCBL.

The Ridgemen, who sat at the bottom of the standings by a half game heading into the contest, showed no mercy toward their guests. After holding Niagara scoreless and to only six batters in the first two innings, the Ridgemen first threatened in the bottom of the second but the Power dodged a bullet when, with bases loaded and two out, Matthew Simmons flew out to left field to keep his three Rochester teammates stranded on base to end the inning.

The Ridgemen exploded for five runs in the next inning, including a two-run double by Matthew Graben. 

In the fifth inning, Rochester added two more. Nicholas Wolyniec started the rally with his base hit, advanced to second base on a walk, took third base on a passed ball, then was one of two runs driven home by Simmons’ triple. Simmons brought home the final run of the inning on a Taylor Empkey single.

Niagara finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth, when Benjamin Pickard singled to bring home Cameron Wilkie. 

Rochester responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth and then three more runs in the seventh.

Niagara was able to grab one more run in the top of the ninth. After getting aboard safely with a single, Buddy McCoy scored later on Hunter Lewis’ fielder’s choice.

The Ridgemen rocked Niagara’s pitchers for 16 hits. When the carnage was over, Joshua Davis led the winners with four RBIs. He also scored twice. Nick Oddo went 3 for 5. Dustin Cowart (1-1) earned his first win in his third start of the season.

Luke Heller (1-3) took the loss for the Power, giving up eight hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings of work.

The Power (9-17) are scheduled off Thursday. They host the first place Olean Oilers (16-7) at Sal Maglie Stadium on Friday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. on what is billed as Camp Recognition Night at the ballpark.