Power splits pair of one-run games
The West Virginia Power split a doubleheader with the Asheville Tourists at Appalachian Power Park on Wednesday night, falling in the first contest 5-4 and taking the nightcap 3-2 on Danny Collins’ late homer.
In the first game, Asheville plated three runs, all on walks from Power pitching in the first inning.
The Power chipped away at the advantage, scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Tourists responded on a solo home run from Ryan McMahon in the top of the fifth. West Virginia chopped the lead to one in the final inning behind a Justin Maffei two-run homer, but could not get any closer.
Zach Jemiola (1-1) notched the win for the Tourists, allowing two runs on 11 hits in five innings and Trent Daniel (2) picked up the save. The Power’s Buddy Borden (0-1) was awarded the loss, allowing three runs on one hit and two walks in 2/3 of an inning.
In the second game, the Power took an early lead when JaCoby Jones drove in Maffei on a sacrifice fly. Asheville answered with an RBI single to tie it from Alec Mehrten.
West Virginia came right back, driving in a run on another sacrifice fly to take the lead in the fourth. The Tourists got a run back in the sixth when a double play brought in the tying run. But it was the Power who had the final say when Collins lifted a ball over the left field fence for a solo home run in the sixth inning that gave West Virginia the victory.
Power left-hander Cody Dickson (2-1) threw six innings, giving up one earned run on six hits with two strikeouts to pick up the win. Will Kendall tallied the save and Tourists right-hander Antonio Senzatela (1-1) was charged with the loss.
Erich Weiss of the Power extended his league-high hit streak to 11 games during the doubleheader and Justin Maffei finished the day going 5 for 7 with a home run and two RBIs.
West Virginia visits the Kannapolis Intimidators today at CMC-Northeast Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C. Felipe Gonzalez will take the hill for the Power against the Intimidators’ Sean Bierman.
The Power returns home after that three-game road set to host Kannapolis on Monday.