Matt Brooks drew a bases-loaded walk from losing pitcher Brandon Agar in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home the winning run as the host Niagara Power earned a 9-8 victory over the Oneonta Outlaws on Friday in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
The Outlaws rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the first inning to tie the score at 8 in the top of the ninth on an error by pitcher Travis Laitar.
Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar hit three RBI doubles to lead the Outlaws’ comeback. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Pindar upped his batting average to .329. He’s also scored 20 runs in 22 games.
In the bottom of the ninth, Niagara’s Cameron Wilkie led off with a triple to right. Agar then intentionally walked Scott Gillespie and Buddy McCoy to load the bases. Agar followed with a strikeout of Perry Rigby and induced Jimmy Landes to a fielder’s choice grounder to short as Wilkie was forced out at home.
But Brooks’ walk ended it.
The Power scored five times in the first inning off of starter Jacob Cryts, who walked four in the inning and allowed an RBI single to Landes and a two-run triple to Michael Kerr.
Cryts’ night ended after issuing one-out walks to McCoy and Rigby in the third inning.
Oneonta scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Pindar had RBI doubles in the third and fifth innings, and Josh Treff hit an RBI single in the fourth.
But Niagara scored three runs in the sixth inning off of Corey Kafka, who relieved Cryts and worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Kafka struck out five and walked one.
Benjamin Pickard and McCoy had RBI singles in the sixth for the Power, who extended their lead to 8-3.