CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Power and Savannah Sand Gnats engaged in a pitcher's duel Wednesday afternoon, with the Power claiming a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
One day later, the teams gave the fans at Appalachian Power Park a much different game. This time, it was the offenses' turn to take over.
The Power (8-13) used a huge second inning, scoring eight runs, to once again dispose of Savannah, earning a 9-4 victory on Thursday in front of a crowd of 1,758.
In the decisive second, the Power scored eight runs on eight hits, including five consecutive batters, and sent 12 hitters to the plate.
After a walk to leadoff hitter Chris Lashmet, Dan Gamache, Willy Garcia, and Junior Sosa all singled for the Power. One out later, Allen Hanson, Kirk Singer, Greg Polanco, Jose Osuna, and once again, Lashmet, all collected hits in a row.
"It's fun to score like that," Power Manager Rick Sofield said. "When you score an eight spot, it takes pressure off everybody. We are capable of putting a lot of runs on the board at one particular time.
"We are young and sometimes it doesn't work for us but when we are locked in, things start flowing, and we get a little mojo, we can score eight runs in an inning like tonight. It was a fun night."
Lashmet, who got things started with a walk, and later in the inning, drove in a run with a double, indicated it was much needed for the team.
"It was good to have a breakout inning," Lashmet said. "We haven't had one of those in a while. I don't know if we have all year. We had a great inning and it set the tone. It was perfect baseball."