CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the midst of a pennant chase, focusing on every game one at a time truly matters.
For the West Virginia Power, especially at the Class A level, it would be very easy for the players to look ahead at the big picture.
Before the Power is set to begin a crucial four-game series tonight, West Virginia still had one more game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday night.
It turned out to be a disappointing night for the Power as West Virginia suffered a 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Grasshoppers at Appalachian Power Park in front of a crowd of 2,226.
Not only was it a tough loss to Greensboro, but a series as well. The Power lost two out of three at home to the Grasshoppers (24-28 in the second half and 57-64 overall). West Virginia had won 13 straight home games prior to the series' beginning.
Power Manager Michael Ryan was still upbeat and positive, though, after the game.
"It's whatever, no big deal," Ryan said. "We flip the page here. We look forward to tomorrow, and we will come better. We aren't even going to worry about it."
Now, the Power (33-19, 70-52) must turn its full attention to the biggest series of the season to date at home against Hickory, starting today through Monday.
The first-place Power now leads Hagerstown by just a half game in the South Atlantic League Northern Division standings after the Suns were victorious 9-1 at Delmarva on Thursday.
Hagerstown won the first half, so if it able to pass the Power and claim the second half, the playoff spot would go to the team with the second best overall record.
The Power also saw its lead trimmed to a 1 1/2 game advantage over Hickory, meaning the four-game tilt against the Crawdads will determine a lot for the playoff push. Hickory earned a 4-1 victory at home over Asheville, also on Thursday.