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Power take rubber match from Crawdads

August 31, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - West Virginia Power News Release

Charleston, WV (August 31, 2009) - The West Virginia Power took advantage of six Hickory errors on Monday night at Appalachian Power Park and scored a pair of late runs to take the rubber match in the three game series against the Hickory Crawdads with a 4-2 victory.

Starling Marte was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first inning and moved to second base after first baseman Ed Koncel dropped Joe Wieland's pick off throw. Marte scored moments later on Tony Sanchez's double off the wall in right center field. The Crawdads scored both of their runs in the top of the third inning on Cristian Santana's two out base hit.

West Virginia tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Starling Marte belted a triple over the head of center fielder Jared Bolden, and Bolden's throw to third base soared over the relay man, which allowed Marte to score the tying run. Adenson Chourio belted a one out single in the seventh inning and stole second base before advancing to third on catcher Vinny DiFazio's errant throw. Marte singled into center field to score Chourio, giving the Power the lead. They added one more insurance run in the eighth inning on another Hickory error. Kyle Morgan started the inning with a single and moved to third on Quincy Latimore's double. Calvin Anderson followed with a groundball to the shortstop Andres James, but James booted it, allowing Morgan to score.

Casey Erickson (5-1) held the Crawdads scoreless over two and two-thirds to score the victory. He allowed three hits and struck out three batters, before being taken out after he was struck by a line drive on his right arm. Noah Krol (2) entered the game for Erickson with runners on first and second and two outs, and he retired the only batter he faced to secure the save. Fabio Castillo (3-6) allowed a run two hits over two innings of relief and was tagged with the loss.

West Virginia improved to 63-67 overall, and 36-24 in the second half after the win, while the Crawdads fell to 61-71 overall and 28-35 in the second half after the loss. Kyle Morgan's run in the eighth inning extended his games with a run scored streak to eight. Starling Marte paced the Power with his 2-for-3 performance and Tony Sanchez extended his on base streak to 16 games. Bobby Spain singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games and Adenson Chourio's seventh inning single extended his hitting streak to five games.

West Virginia will begin a three game series with the Kannapolis Intimidators at FieldCrest Cannon Stadium on Tuesday night. The Power will start right hander Brian Leach (6-3, 3.03) and the Intimidators will counter with right hander James Albury (5-0, 3.55). The first pitch will be delivered at 7:05 PM.

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