The Niagara Power will open their season Thursday, June 6th at 10 A.M. for a free-admission Kid’s Day game against the preseason first place team, the Olean Oilers. With an anticipated 1800 fans, this game is on pace to break the program’s attendance record--creating an energetic atmosphere for the team’s home opener. This will be the Power’s second year running since reopening for the 2018 season.
Last summer during the Power’s first season since 2015, the team finished their conference schedule with a record of 23-19, securing a spot in the NYCBL playoffs where they fell to the Olean Oilers in a single game stand. The returning champs, the Onondaga Flames are no longer a part of the league, making this upcoming season wide open for a new team to contend for the league title.
Returning from last year’s squad are right-handed pitcher Nathan Hinkley (Keystone Col), first-baseman Josh Surowiec (Mercyhurst Col), and outfielders Kolby Blanchard (Ave Maria U) and David Wessells (Houghton Col). Surowiec comes back to the Falls after being ranked 5th in RBI and leading the league in doubles in 2018. Wessells was selected last season to play in the NYCBL All-Star game and was tied for leading the team in batting average.
The 29 person roster also features a dozen players representing WNY hometowns. Combining with out of state players hailing from PA to CA, the Power highlights local products from Clarence to West Seneca to its very own Niagara Falls-- several of whom also compete for WNY colleges like Canisius College, Niagara County CC, Hilbert College, and Houghton College.
Head coach Arthur Stenberg will be assisted by Charles Bernert, Brett Picaro, Colton Taylor, and returning assistant coach, Ben Ascher.
The Niagara Power, as a summer league baseball team offers collegiate players an opportunity to fine tune their game. Additionally, the program is a way for players to prepare for future professional baseball careers, through MLB scout appearances and by playing with a wooden bat as opposed to the aluminum ones used in college.
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