Niagara Gazette

June 10, 2013

Power dominate Dodgers at Dwyer, 16-1

STAFF REPORTS
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Power made the most of their lone 'home game' at Batavia's Dwyer Stadium Monday night, swatting 17 hits including three home runs by three different batters on their way to a 16-1 rout of the Hornell Dodgers.

Perry Rigby's home run opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Niagara built its lead to 3-0 when Johnny Craig drove Michael Kerr home with a triple, then scored on a base hit by Cameron Wilkie.

The Power's big night was highlighted by a ten-run burst in the bottom of the seventh inning. Benjamin Pickard hit a two-run homer to begin the rally. With the bases loaded Craig hit safely, then a Hornell error helped bring those runners home. Bobby Twitty, who scored one of those runs, had a second chance at the plate later in the inning and built the Power's lead even more with a three-run homer.

Craig hit another triple in the eighth inning, scoring Rigby, while Wilkie once again sent Craig home with a run.

The Dodgers' lone run came in the fifth inning when, with the bases loaded, Michael Simmons reached first safely on an error, allowing Dominic Olszta to score.

Luke Heller (1-0) was Niagara's winning pitcher, giving up just one run on two hits in five innings, while striking out seven. Zackery Melino took the loss for Hornell.

The Power, who won their second straight game following Sunday night's 3-2 win at Rochester, improved their record to 2-1 and return to Sal Maglie Stadium Tuesday night to host the Geneva Twins, beginning at 7 p.m.