Casey Saucke approached the plate with one out, bases loaded, and a home crowd chanting for him to crush it to the moon.
The University of Virginia commit did not disappoint.
The Niagara Power faced off against the Jamestown Tarpskunks July 10th after splitting a doubleheader with the team the night before. Tensions were high and both teams came out of the dugout reading to compete.
The game would remain scoreless until the Bottom of the 3rd, when Nicolas Balsano would blast a line drive down the third base side, bringing home JD Rogers and Nathan Manning. Later in the inning Aaron Greenfield would come across the plate due to Will Carlone's infield hit to extend the Power lead to 3 runs.
The Tarpskunks would score their first run of the game in the top of the 5th as Justin Bowers sacrifice fly brought Padraig O'Shaughnessy home.
In the Bottom of the 6th, Aaron Greenfield smashed a bouncing chopper up and over the glove of the 3rd baseman, Danny Hosley. This would bring JD Rogers all the way home from 2nd base. Giving the Power another 3 run lead.
The Top of the 7th would work out in favor of the Tarpskunks, as Dimaggio Cazares would slice off a 2 run single to put the Tarpskunks within a run. Not even 5 minutes later Justin Bowers would pound a line drive to left field, scoring two runs and giving the Tarpskunks their first and only lead of the game.
With time running out for the Power in the Bottom of the 8th, JD Rogers was once again there to help the Power out with an RBI single to tie the game.
After an excellent defensive performance from the Power to keep the score tied 5-5 going into the Bottom of the 9th, the stage was set for Casey Saucke.
Bases Loaded. One Out. The Count Full.
Casey Saucke would crush a fastball to right field, giving the Power their first walk off of the season in front of an electrified home crowd.
JD Rogers would be awarded Dynamic Training Systems Player Of The Game. The Vanderbilt commit went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base.
The Power advance to 13-18 on the season while the Tarpskunks drop to 21-9 heading into the 2021 MLB draft weekend.
Stay tuned for our 2021 MLB draft report, where we'll learn where all your favorite Niagara Power players end up getting drafted!