The losing streaks and struggles of the season's first few months exposed the Power to adversity, and therefore offered what manager Rick Sofield called a learning opportunity.
"Most of the things that we learn in life are from failure and from things that haven't gone well,'' Sofield said Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. "I'm not sure how much you learn from being good all the time.''
The Power, which will close out the season at home this afternoon, apparently learned some things in those difficult early months and responded accordingly in the season's second half.
And at the minor league level, it's all about development and improvement.
With a doubleheader split against the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday afternoon - a 3-2 victory in the opener and a 7-2 loss in the nightcap - the Power has improved by 14 games from the first half to the second. The team is 37-31 after finishing 23-47 in the first half.
"We really came together as a team and pushed for the playoff spot there at the end,'' said second baseman Dan Gamache. "The guys were getting after it and working harder and trying to get better everyday.''
The only South Atlantic League team with a greater improvement was the Rome Braves, who went from 18-52 to 43-24.
The Power finished April with an 8-16 record and floundered through May, suffering losing streaks of seven and six games en route to 10-20 mark for the month.
"We started off off-balance,'' said Sofield. "No one could have imagined the bizarreness of April. We bounced back and kind of got our breath and slowly and methodically got better as we went. This was a fun bunch that learned a lot. There are guys here who could be Pirates for sure.''
The team turned things around with basically the same personnel.