CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The long fly ball to left cut through the late-afternoon drizzle and looked destined for a grand slam that would break the ninth-inning tie.
Kannapolis's Mike Marjama, it seemed, had delivered the big home run that would disrupt the Power's recent run of success.
In the Power dugout, pitching coach Jeff Johnson took one look at the fly ball, glanced at hitting coach Orlando Merced and spoke words of despair.
"As soon as he hit it,'' said Johnson, "I told Orlando that's not good. I thought it was gone.''
But Power left fielder Luis Urena, who joined the team Wednesday, hurried to the base of the left-center fence and, making good use of his 6-foot-4 frame, reached above the top of the wall to make the catch and end the top of the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Power's Max Moroff led off with a walk, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Dilson Herrera's bunt single and scored on Josh Bell's sacrifice fly to deep right center, giving West Virginia a 5-4 victory Sunday at Appalachian Power Park.
Urena's catch, of course, made it all possible.
"That was probably the best play I've seen all year,'' said Power third baseman Walker Gourley. "To make that play at that time of the game, it doesn't get any better than that. The circumstances always go into it. You always factor that in. That was just a big-time play.''
The 20-year-old Urena, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, opened the season in rookie league with the Gulf Coast Pirates and, entering Sunday's game, had gone hitless with six strikeouts in his first nine at-bats with the Power.
"The kid's been struggling offensively,'' said Johnson, "and to make that kind of catch, it saved the game for us. He also made a tremendous play [Saturday]. Kudos to Luis for that. His bat hasn't been going well, and he could have been hanging his head, but he didn't.''