If the West Virginia Power's first two home games are any indication, it's going to be an exciting season for Charleston baseball fans.
The Power rallied from its second straight deficit to post a 5-2 victory Saturday night over the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists in a South Atlantic League matchup. A paid crowd of 2,586 attended at Appalachian Power Park on fireworks night.
Asheville plated two runs in the top of the first inning off West Virginia starter Phillip Irwin. The Power took the lead for good in the bottom of the second, plating three runs for a 3-2 edge. West Virginia trailed in Friday night's home opener before rallying for the win in the seventh.
"I'm proud of them,'' said Power manager Gary Green. "The one thing they don't do is they don't quit. The keep battling regardless of what the score is. If they do that all year long we'll be in good shape.''
Irwin shut down the Tourists (5-5) after the first, yielding just three singles and setting them down in order in four of the last five innings, including his final three, to earn his first win of the year. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander from Collierville, Tenn., allowed just two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
"I think a lot of that credit goes to our defense,'' said Irwin, a 21st-round selection in last June's draft. "They keep us in games. It makes our jobs as pitchers a lot easier to fill up the zone.
"I felt that confidence more and more as the game went on. I got more confidence in my pitches and I was a little more aggressive.''
The Power (5-5) turned in some deft defensive plays behind Iriwn.
After the Tourists' Tyler Massey had a one-out single in the second, West Virginia catcher Josue Peley gunned him down trying to steal second.