OLEAN, NY – In their second consecutive win, the Olean Oilers defeated the Niagara Power for the first time at home Sunday. The result moved them one game clear of the third-place Mansfield Destroyers with seven games left to be played in this New York Collegiate Baseball League regular season. Four of those games will be played at home at Bradner Stadium.
The Power started the game fast as they typically do, pushing across four runs in the first three innings. They came on base hits from Anthony D’Onofrio, Cole Compton and Kyle LaPlante.
Just when things started to look bleak, the Oilers stormed right back in the bottom of the third and scored three runs on one chaotic Dylan Vincent double, which scored Jacob Victor, Dom Cecere and Tyler Phillips. An error on by Power left fielder Adam Purdy helped the Oilers on the play, as they were instantly right back in the game.
The Oilers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Vincent came across to score on a passed ball right before the end of the inning. Adam Moore was the man at the plate and was put out after the play to send the game to the top of the sixth.
Niagara took the lead back in the top half of the seventh on a solo home run from D’Onofrio, and the Oilers again answered quickly in the bottom of the eighth when Frank Wayman singled in Brendan Myers to square the score yet again.
The game was still tied in the tenth and final inning before the bottom half came around, when Mason Nadolney came through in maybe the team’s most clutch situation of the summer. He singled in Victor to walk it off for the hometown Oilers and finish a game where they spent a lot of time on the ropes. They beat a team that had once mercy ruled them by 14 runs, making this playoff push look very real now.
The Oilers will face the Masnfield Destroyers away at Shaute Baseball Field Monday at 5:30 p.m. They will need to win to keep their all-important spot in second place.
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