NIAGARA FALLS — With Chas Mye on the hill and Trey Karlen at the plate, the Niagara Power avoided its second-ever losing streak. Mye was again masterful and Karlen roped a three-run double to lead the Power to an 8-2 win over the Hornell Dodgers in a New York Collegiate Baseball League game Thursday night at Sal Maglie Stadium.

Hornell struck first as Justin Loyd singled to left, scoring Nick Mayo in the first inning. With two on and no outs, the Dodgers appeared poised for a big inning, but Mye struck out cleanup hitter Dale Curry, then was helped by his defense. Power first baseman Chris Martinez started a nice 3-6-3 double play to get out of the jam.

Niagara responded in the bottom of the first. Karlen reached on a walk, then advanced to second on a single by Landis Wilson before stealing third. Martinez followed with an RBI single to plate Karlen. St. Joe’s product Jon Dziomba then gave the Power the lead with an RBI single to right, scoring Wilson.

Leadoff hitter Alec Cabello manufactured another run in the bottom of the second, striking an RBI double down the right-field line to score Joel Blomberg.

Hornell (6-6) cut into the lead in the third, as Curry plated Brian Majors on a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-2.

Karlen then took over. The NYCBL player of the day on Sunday, he made a strong case for repeat status Thursday night. The third baseman cleared the bases with a double to right in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 1-1 pitch off Dodgers starter Matt Davis, chasing the Hornell pitcher.

“With the bases loaded I was just trying to stay within myself,” Karlen said. “I was sitting fastball and he hung me a slider. I just took it the other way.”

Davis departed after 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits, seven runs and two walks while fanning just three.

His outing paled in comparison to that of Mye. The North Tonawanda native settled into a groove after the third, giving up just two hits from the fourth inning on. Mye allowed six hits and two runs, only one of which was earned. He walked one, struck out five and hit a batter. His fastball topped out about 87 mph.

“I was just a little bit too pumped up at the beginning, my adrenaline was really flowing,” Mye said. “I just told myself to cool down and go get some more outs.”

Karlen finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Cabello added a pair of hits and scored twice and every starter except Ryan Jacobi had at least a hit for Niagara. St. Francis graduate Greg Radwan worked a perfect ninth for the Power (9-4).

Contact editor Jay Skurski at 693-1000, ext. 117.

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