Dogs Split Doubleheader With Power

Wednesday was the Muckdogs first doubleheader of the 2021 season, traveling to
Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls to face the Power. The day started off with
miscommunication on the report time with the bus, pushing game one’s start time back
30 minutes to 5:00 PM.

Nathan Hinkley got the ball in game one with the Muckdogs trying to push their
win streak to three, and in the process, making it for straight losses for Niagara. The
Power would strike first inning, as five of the six hits over the seven-inning game
occurred in the first three frames. TCU shortstop hit a deep home run down the
left-fieldline in his first at-bat with Niagara to make a 1-0 ballgame.

Batavia would respond in the top of the fourth with a leadoff bunt single by
Charlie Szykowny, and later would be driven in on the RBI single from first baseman Joe
Georger to tie the game. Hinkley would settle in and groove in the last three innings, as
the Keystone College right-hander allowed just one hit and three other baserunners
during that time in the complete game.

Baserunning errors were crucial for both teams throughout the game, as Hinkley
picked off four Niagara baserunners at first base, and Brice Mortillaro was thrown out
going home on an Ethan Sarimento double in the fifth. With the game still knotted at
one heading into the seventh, Spencer Marcus smacked a leadoff triple into the
right-center gap for his first hit of the day.

After Abner Benitez was walked on four pitches as reliever AC Chavez game into
the game, Jerry Reinhart had the go-ahead RBI on an infield single that scored Marcus
from third. Mortillaro would also redeem himself with a standup double where Reinhart
showed off his speed and almost beat Benitez to home plate.

Hinkley would continue being the man on the mound in the seventh, retiring
Casey Saucke for the final out to get his first win of the season and leading the Muckdogs
to a 4-1 victory in a game was one hour and 42 minutes long.

Game two was anticipated to start 30 minutes after the completion of game one,
not leaving much time for players to get ready and eat some food on dollar cheeseburger
day. Five minutes before first pitch, penciled in starting pitcher Blair Frederick
informed the coaching staff that he was not able to throw to due shoulder discomfort,
creating a sense of panic in who was going to start for Batavia.

Kyle Kohlhafer would get his first start in PGCBL action, as his first appearance
in a Muckdog uniform came against the Mansfield Destroyers in a friendly non-league
game. Kohlhafer’s start would only last 1 2⁄3 after giving up three earned runs and five
hits. Colin Noeth came into the game to get the final out of the second inning but only
lasted an inning as he let up three runs on one swing of the bat from the University of
Virginia commit Casey Saucke.

Nate Novia was handed the ball to start the fourth, but could not get an out in the
fifth as Utah catcher Brock Rudy had a bases-clearing triple that made it a 10-2 game.
Relievers George Osbourne and Kyle O’Neill did not allow a run to score in their
combined two innings of work, striking out four Power batters.

The Batavia bats were pretty stagnant in game two, only mustering up three hits
compared to Niagara’s 11. Mitch Fleming and Michael Florides would score the two
Muckdog runs back in the third inning to make it a 3-2 ballgame before seven
unanswered runs for Niagara. Florides, Charlie Szykowny, and Abner Benitez were
responsible for the Muckdogs hits.

In a less than ideal scenario in game two, with Frederick not being able to throw
with short notice to the other pitchers, Batavia’s win streak is snapped at three games to
sit at an 8-10 record. Geneva currently sits at 8-8 as they are riding a three-game losing
skid after Wednesday night’s loss to the Jamestown Tarp Skunks.

The Muckdogs will be back home Thursday on Guaranteed Win Night against the
Geneva Red Wings with the opportunity to jump into third place in the western division
as they currently sit one game back.

First pitch of game one is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Dwyer Stadium. It can be
viewed on Youtube Live by subscribing to “BataviaMuckdogBaseball.” Make sure to
follow our Twitter @BataviaMuckdogs and like our Facebook Page,

Go Dogs!

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