KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (June 17, 2017) - Seeking a South Atlantic League Northern Division First Half Championship with a win, the Intimidators fell to the West Virginia Power 6-1 on Saturday night at Intimidators Stadium supported by Carolinas HealthCare System. The loss brings an end to a season-long five-game winning streak for Kannapolis (38-29), but the I's remain in first place by a game entering the First Half's final day.
West Virginia reliever Matt Eckelman earned the win. Eckelman (3-3) went 2 and 1/3 innings and allowed one run on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Starting pitcher Blake Hickman took the loss for Kannapolis. Hickman (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in 6.0 frames of work.
The Power broke through in the top of the first inning when Adrian Valerio led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center field by Hunter Owen.
West Virginia extended its lead with a three-run frame in the third. With one on and one out Ty Moore brought home Alexis Bastardo on a single making it 2-0. Two batters later Owen collected two more RBIs on a single making it 4-0 Power.
Trailing 5-0 in the seventh Kannapolis scored its lone run when Grant Massey doubled to right center scoring Tyler Sullivan.
The Intimidators can clinch the division and a postseason berth with a win tomorrow. The postseason trip would be the first for the franchise since 2009.
Kannapolis concludes its seven-game homestand with the final game of a three-game series against West Virginia on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the F&M Bank Box Office at 704-932-3267 or by visiting IntimidatorsBaseball.com
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