CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power started and finished its home schedule with losses this season.
But in between, the Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands made some strides in their climb through the organization's minor league system.
Pirates roving instructor Gary Green, who managed the Power the last two seasons, liked the improvement he saw.
"They had a younger group here than we had in the past," said Green, following the Power's 4-2 loss to the Lexington Legends Tuesday evening. "I think if you watched them from the beginning of the year to where they're at now, they've improved.
"They've got a long way to go, but you can see the improvement they've made. You just want to see if they're better at the end than they were at the beginning, and I think the majority of these guys are."
Tuesday's loss in the club's home finale, dropped the Power to 29-36 in the South Atlantic League's second half, and 64-69 overall.
The Power can finish with a .500 record if they win their final five games of the season at Delmarva, beginning Thursday.
The 3,150 fans looked on Tuesday at Appalachian Power Park, which increased the club's home season attendance to 165,996, for an average attendance of 2,554 in 65 home games.
That average attendance level dropped for the fourth consecutive season, down from 172,344 fans a year ago.
Still, the players enjoyed their time in the Capital City.
"I loved it here," said shortstop Drew Maggi, a 15th-round pick in the 2010 draft. "The team here was great and the fans here were great. I had a lot of fun this year. I met some great people and great fans."
Maggi also enjoyed his time off the field.