Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Power (19-39) scored five unanswered runs between the fourth and fifth innings and hung on to defeat the Delmarva Shorebirds (22-35) 5-4 at Appalachian Power Park on Monday night.
The Shorebirds scored the opening run in the third. Mikey Planeta reached on an error by third baseman Kirk Singer. He stole second. Then, Planeta stole third and forced a low throw by catcher Francisco Diaz that skipped into left field, allowing Planeta to score.
The Power responded immediately in the bottom of the third. Four of the first five hitters of the inning reached to produce three runs. With the scored tied at 1-1, Willy Garcia hit a two run single up the middle to give the Power a 3-1 lead.
The Power added two runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Francisco Diaz and an error by Nicky Delmonico.
Down 5-1, the Shorebirds fought back in the sixth inning. With two outs, Connor Narron hit a two-run flare into center field to cut the deficit to 5-3. Then, Wynston Sawyer was caught in between first and second and during a poorly executed run down, which included an error, Narron scored to trim the deficit to 5-4.
The Shorebirds did not score over the final three innings. In the eighth, Brenden Webb tripled with two outs, but Narron skied out in the infield to end the threat.
Devin Jones held the Power scoreless over the final three innings. He allowed just three hits and struck out four.
West Virginia starter Matt Benedict (4-3) earned the win over 5.2 innings while Shorebirds starter Matt Taylor (2-3) was pinned with the loss in five innings. Taylor gave up six hits and three earned runs.
The two teams combined for five errors, three by the Shorebirds and two by the Power.
The Delmarva Shorebirds square off with the West Virginia Power in game two of the series on Tuesday, June 5 at 7:05pm at Appalachian Power Park.