CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams each blasted solo home runs in the third inning as Hickory posted a 4-1 win over West Virginia Saturday at Appalachian Power Park.
Andrew Faulkner (5-3) picked up the win for the Crawdads (31-24), throwing seven innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven. Cody Ege earned his first save of the season.
Max Moroff led the Power (34-20) with two hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning for West Virginia's only run. Clay Holmes (5-6) was tabbed with the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits, striking out six and walking two over five innings.
With the loss, the Power drops out of first place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League and now trails the Hagerstown Suns by a half-game. Hagerstown blanked Asheville 4-0 Saturday to claim the top spot.
West Virginia continues its four-game series today at 2:05 p.m. Luis Heredia (4-3) gets the start for the Power, facing Jose Morengo (1-2) of Hickory.