CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Power completed a four-game sweep of the Greenville Drive on Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park.
That accomplishment couldn't happen without the home team showing a little resolve in its 9-6 win.
The Power's first-year manager, Rick Sofield, first witnessed it with his starting pitcher, Nick Kingham, who was roughed up to the tune of nine earned runs in three innings in his first two starts.
On the second pitch of Kingham's third start in the South Atlantic League, Greenville's leadoff hitter, Cody Koback, squared up on a 1-0 fastball and drilled a solo home run. Kingham then labored through the rest of the inning and flirted with the Pittsburgh Pirates' organizational pitch count.
"We were holding our breath because ... he was close," Sofield said. "I was just praying to the baseball gods that he'd get a groundball and get a chance to back for the second and get a chance to get this monkey the hell out of here."
Kingham escaped the inning in 25 pitches, then settled down to hurl three scoreless frames before yielding to right-handed reliever Trent Stevenson.
More adversity ensued.
Stevenson surrendered five runs in the top of the fifth and the Power, which trailed in every game of its 1-6 road trip and two in the four-game sweep of the Drive, had to rally again.
"Part of the growing up process is learning that there's no clock in this game," Sofield said. "That they're always going to get their chance and we are going to get ours.
"If you stay positive and trust the work that you're doing and if you're talented at all, it's going to happen. There's no getting said; it's all about getting mad."
West Virginia (5-6) matched Greenville's five-run fifth to take the lead for good.