The Niagara Power will be taking the field this summer for the first time in three years. The team was bought by Niagara University’s School of Hospitality and Management, and has been revitalizing the Power for the past .
President of the Power and Sport Management Professor Patrick Tutka said bringing the Power back to Niagara Falls made perfect sense.
“We’ve had a long history of players making it out of Niagara Falls to go play professional baseball, that’s something we’re very proud of,” said Tutka in an interview on the Back Page Podcast. “…. The collegiate league is a wonderful way to get baseball back in the city and also to fit the Vincentian mission of the university, which is to give back to the city of Niagara Falls.”
When fans come to Sal Maglie Stadium, they can expect to see some of the top players that will be playing in the NYCBL this season suit up for the Power. Every player that will play for the Power is currently playing baseball collegiately.
OF Dereck Penman, who currently plays at John Carroll University, will be playing for the Power this summer. He is hitting .286 with an OBP of .391. Penman has started every game for the John Carroll Blue Streaks this season. 3B Marcus Espinal, of the Bluefield College Rams, will also be playing for the Power this summer. He is hitting .319 with 3 HRs and 27 RBI. Standing at 6 feet 7 inches tall, RHP Max Adams will be coming out of the bullpen for the Power. Adams currently plays for the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University and has a 2.02 ERA in 13.1 IP.
The Power has at least 30 students that are committed to help run day-to-day operations over the course of the two-month season. Three of those students are featured in this newspaper, and in particular this very section.
Niagara Wire sports writers James Burns and Jamie Magone will be doing the play-by-play for the Power for every home game, and I will be the Public Address Announcer at every home game.
The regular season home opener is June 2 when the Genesee Rapids take on the Power. Students who present an NU I.D. at the box office are eligible to buy tickets for $2.
All statistics are as of April 2, 2018