"I just do whatever I can to get on base," said DeShields, whose father hit 80 home runs during his Major League career, which included a single-season career-high 11 in 1997. "That's what they want me to do because I'm not going to hit a lot of home runs. Being a leadoff man, it's my job to get on base and give the guys behind me an opportunity to get me in.
"I'm supposed to steal bases and score runs."
DeShields did that against the Power, scoring three runs in the first four innings as the Legends jumped to a 7-3 lead off of West Virginia starter Ryan Hafner (0-3).
Hafner was touched up form seven hits and seven runs in 32/3 innings, before giving way to reliever Jordan Cooper.
Cooper also found the going tough in allowing five hits and five runs in two innings, before Mike Jefferson entered in the sixth.
Jefferson worked the final 31/3 innings for the Power, allowing five hits and just one run.
Third baseman Matt Duffy paced the Legends with four hits, including a homer, double and two RBI, while first baseman Zack Johnson added three hits, with a homer, double and four RBI.
For West Virginia, Alen Hanson led the way with three hits, including a double and solo homer. Junior Sosa contributed a homer and two RBI for the Power.
West Virginia will travel to Greenville (S.C.) tonight at 7:05, in the first game of a four game series.
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