CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The early four-run deficit hinted ominously that the Power's season-opening losing streak would extend to a fourth day.
But the team's hitters chipped away, the relievers kept it close and, after the Power executed an unusual double play to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth, the momentum seemed to shift in the home team's favor.
"When Asheville had the bases loaded, and we turned two,'' said Power first baseman Stetson Allie, "that's when I knew we were going to win.''
And so they did. Allie, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound second-round draft pick, strode to the plate with two outs in the 11th inning and rocketed an opposite-field home run onto Morris Street to give the Power a 6-5 victory over the Tourists Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park and prompt a celebration at home plate. A noisy crowd of 1,039 attended.
It was an uplifting victory for a team that had lost its first three games, failing to score in the season opener on Thursday and picking just one run Saturday night.
"This is definitely a way to get a run going,'' said right fielder Walker Gourley, who contributed three hits and two RBIs. "It was good to come out here and get the monkey off our back, and now we can relax and concentrate on what we do good.''
The Power's prospects looked bleak when it fell behind 4-0 in the second and trailed 5-2 entering the sixth. And though the Power scored twice in the sixth and tied it with a run in the seventh, the situation again looked grim in the ninth when the Tourists loaded the bases with none out.
Power manager Michael Ryan then beckoned to the bullpen for Pat Ludwig and brought the infield in. Ludwig then induced a ground ball to third baseman Eric Wood, who initiated a home-to-first twin killing.
Ludwig then ended the inning by fanning Matt Wessinger, who homered twice on Friday.