Big eighth carries Power past Ridgemen

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — In a rally manufactured from mostly Lego parts, the Niagara Power fashioned a five-run eighth to rattle the Rochester Ridgemen 7-3 before nearly 300 tickled-pink partisans at Sal Maglie Stadium Friday night.

Brandon Mumaw (St. Leo’s), ace of the Power staff with an earned-run average lower than a short-term interest rate, worked off a difficult start to finish eight innings with nine strikeouts, stranding nine Ridgemen and picking off another.

So it was just 3-2 Rochester, whose reliever Tyler Taute retired the first two Bolts in the eighth. After Bryan Klenworth (Olivet Nazarene) beat out an infield hit, Rochester’s outfield retreated in a classic run-preventing “no-doubles” defense. But Caleb Thomas (Colorado School of Mines) lobbed one in front of the left fielder, who tried a diving catch, the ball sliding by for the dreaded RBI two-bagger.

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