The saying goes that all good things must end.

Despite an estimated crowd of 250, the Niagara Power and its four-game win streak came to a screeching halt as the visiting Hornell Dodgers topped Niagara, 5-1 in New York Collegiate Baseball League action at Sal Maglie Stadium.

The Power (8-4) committed five errors, issued three hit-by-pitches and consequently lost a shot at claiming sole possession of first place in the Western Division.

“It was sloppy, but it was a still close until late in the game,” Power manager Sam Kirby said. “But then we didn’t take advantage of our chances to score runs. We need to put runs on the scoreboard.”

Kirby was referring to Niagara’s three-error second inning, in which starter Brock Keith was able to get out of the jam with only one run scored. Left fielder Ryan Jacobi knows defense is an area where the team still needs to improve.

“Some of those were tough plays, but errors can be contagious,” he said. “It brings the team’s energy down.”

Despite being down just 1-0 for most the game, the Power couldn’t get the bats working for the second consecutive night. The team only had eight hits, with Jacobi inking the lone RBI on a triple to right-center in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“Right now, I think we’re a little shaky at the plate and watching too many pitches,” Jacobi said. “We need to swing earlier in the count, which is what I tried to do tonight.”

After Keith — who went seven innings, allowed six hits, struck out seven and gave up one unearned run — was pulled, the Power bullpen had a tough time. In the eighth, Neil Cavalieri didn’t record an out in facing three batters, then Jonathan Coffield came on and preceded to throw a wild pitch, allow a two-run triple to Nate Curry and an RBI single to Brian Majors.

Hornell reliever Brandon Dill then slammed the door in the ninth by inducing a double play off the bat of Joel Blomberg to end the game. Dill got the win in relief with five strikeouts over his three innings of work.

The same two teams are back at it at 7 p.m. today at Sal Maglie. Kirby is expecting another dogfight.

“They are a better ballclub than what their record shows,” Kirby said of 6-5 Dodgers. “I think we’re pressing a little at times at the plate, but if we relax, it’ll come and then we need to sharpen up the defense, too.”

Contact reporter Nate Beutel at 282-2311, ext. 2262.