CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In sports, the objective is to win the majority of home games and hold your own on the road.
The West Virginia Power has more than met expectations at home, winning eight consecutive games at Appalachian Power Park.
The home winning streak looked to be in serious trouble as the Power offense looked anemic through the first eight innings vs. Delmarva.
However, the home magic returned in the ninth, as the Power erupted for four runs out of nowhere, earning a wild 4-3 come from behind victory over the Shorebirds at Appalachian Power Park.
With the win, the Power (24-14 in the second half and 61-47 overall) remain in first place by 11/2 games over Hagerstown, a 4-2 winner in extra innings at Lakewood on Wednesday afternoon.
"There is something special going on here," Power Manager Michael Ryan said. "We go off of our fans. There have been some great nights and we want to play well for them so they keep coming out.
"I've never met anyone who doesn't want to play in front of big crowds. We try and feed off their energy. Our fan base has been tremendous. We want to keep winning. They deserve to see it."
The first four Power batters reached base as Josh Bell started off the ninth with a walk, and Jordan Steranka followed with a double. Eric Wood delivered a RBI infield single to put the Power on the scoreboard and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Luis Urena struck out, but Kawika Emsley-Pai - the team's No. 8 hitter - drew a four-pitch walk, loading the bases with just out.
With No. 9 hitter Chris Diaz up at the plate, Delmarva pitcher Casey Upperman threw his first two pitches for balls, and on the next pitch, the Power shortstop hit a liner just inside the third base bag, scoring Wood and Fortunato with the tying and winning runs.