EYEWITNESS SPORTSPower Tied With Hagerstown For First Place
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Reported by: Josh Lewis/Mike Baggerman WV Power
Videographer: Josh Lewis
August 18, 2013
(Charleston, WV, August 18, 2013): The West Virginia Power beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. Dilson Herrera collected three RBI and Tom Harlan picked up the win by tossing three innings and striking out nine batters.
The Power scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. Max Moroff and Walker Gourley hit back-to-back singles and Josh Bell drew a walk to load the bases for Herrera. The Power second baseman hit a two-RBI single to left, scoring Moroff and Gourley.
West Virginia tallied their third run of the game in their next inning. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Francisco Aponte gathered his first RBI with the Power after a sacrifice fly to left.
Hickory tied the game in the fifth inning off West Virginia starter Luis Heredia. David Lyon drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Chris Garia single. Jorge Alfaro then hit a three-run home run down the left field line.
In the sixth inning, the Power scored their final two runs to take a 5-3. Kawika Emsley-Pai drew a walk, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by Hickory pitcher Sam Stafford on a bunt by Aponte. Josh Bell followed with an infield single to left to put runners on the corners, when Herrera collected his third RBI on a ground-rule double to right center, scoring Aponte from third.
The lead was cut to one in the eighth inning. After Harlan left the game, Nick Williams scored a run on a fielding error by Jordan Steranka. After Lance Breedlove earned his first hold of the season, the Power kept the Crawdads in check in the ninth inning to advance into a first-place tie in the division.
Harlan (5-3) earned the win for West Virginia. Stafford (3-6) received the loss after allowing two unearned runs. Jhondaniel Medina collected his ninth save in as many opportunities for West Virginia.
The 2013 season series between the Power and Crawdads will conclude Monday night at 7:05. Each team has won three games against the other this season. Kyle Haynes will pitch for West Virginia against Hickory’s Paul Schwendel.
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