Power Takes Game One

Mike Ambrose went 2-4 in the playoff loss. (John M. Setzler, Jr)

By Landon Sears / Hickory Crawdads | September 5, 2007 6:21 PM

Hickory, NC-The Hickory Crawdads lost to the West Virginia Power, 12-2, on Wednesday at L.P. Frans Stadium. With the win, West Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the best of three playoff series. Mike Ambrose had a pair of hits in the Crawdads loss.

The Power took a 1-0 lead on Taylor Green's solo HR in the 2nd. Hickory evened the score as Jonel Pacheco hustled home and beat a throw from 1B John Alonso on a grounder hit by Kent Sakamoto.

The Power took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd, but Hickory squared things up again on a solo HR belted to right by Bobby Kingsbury in the 4th.

Things took a turn for the worse as West Virginia scored 5 runs in the 5th and 4 runs in the 6th. The innings were highlighted by Charlie Fermaint's 2-run HR and Green's 2-run double. The Crawdads could not make up for the runs and eventually went down, 12-2.

Mike Crotta allowed 7 ER in 4 innings to take the loss. Power SP Alex Periard gave up just 1 ER in 7 IP to pick up the win.

The Crawdads face elimination and continue their best-of-three series on the road against West Virginia Friday night at 7:00. RHP Matt McSwain is scheduled to start for Hickory. All games can be heard live on WMNC 92.1 FM.

Landon Sears, This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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