(Salisbury, MD- June 25, 2014)- The West Virginia Power beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 7-5 Wednesday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Power used two seven batter innings to tie the game and take the lead and sent eight to the plate in the ninth to seal the win.
Delmarva scored twice off Power starter Cody Dickson in the first inning. Chance Sisco doubled in Jeff Kemp and Drew Dosch scored on a wild pitch. West Virginia plated three runs in the top of the fifth against the Shorebirds Mitch Horacek for a 3-2 advantage. Kawika Emsley-Pai singled Wyatt Mathisen and Danny Collins crossed on a fielder's choice. Chris Diaz doubled Emsley-Pai home for a short-lived Power lead.
After Delmarva evened the score in the bottom of the fifth, West Virginia regained the lead in the top half of the sixth. Edwin Espinal scored on a single by Emsley-Pai and Mathisen came home on a wild pitch for a 5-3 lead. The Shorebirds scored twice in the bottom of the seventh and the game was tied at five heading into the ninth.
With one down, Jeff Roy walked and Chris Diaz was hit by a Dylan Rheault pitch. After a wild pitch advanced both runners to scoring position, Harold Ramirez singled both home and gave the Power the lead for good at 7-5.
Brett McKinney (2-2) worked the final two innings for the victory while Rheault (7-2) took the loss. Seven of the nine West Virginia batters had at least one hit, including Ramirez, who extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games.
The Power and Shorebirds close this four game series on Thursday night at 7: 05 pm. Luis Heredia will pitch for West Virginia against Delmarva's Steven Brault. West Virginia returns to Appalachian Power Park on Friday, June 27, to open a seven game homestand. For tickets or more information, call 304-344-BATS.