CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Every game is important for the West Virginia Power with the team in the middle of a pennant race and slightly more than a month remaining in the season.
Just one-half game out of first place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division entering play on Monday evening, the Power began a pair of crucial home series' with a big opportunity to make a serious push.
That's because the Power doesn't have to leave the confines of Appalachian Power Park for the next seven nights and plays against two of the bottom three squads in the seven-team division.
The Power began the important set of games with a 9-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds.
With the victory, the Power (22-14 in the second half and 59-47 overall) retakes first-place, leapfrogging past Hagerstown by a half game. The Suns lost 5-4 on the road to Lakewood, also on Monday night.
"It's fun when the games mean something," Power Manager Michael Ryan said. "We are excited to be in it. They play the game the right way. It's well deserved and we have to play well in order to stay there."
Ryan said the supposed light schedule this week should not be reason for the team to decrease its intensity.
"We're not going to take anyone lightly," Ryan said. "Baseball is funny. You can get beat on any given night, and we have to realize that. We just have to take it day by day and continue to do what we have been doing to be in this situation."
Being able to compete in a playoff race has the Power players energized and excited to come to the ballpark every day.