"It's big," said Ryan, of the series against Hickory. "The way these guys think and the way we try to do things, every series is big, not just what is coming up. We take every game as a big game, and try to get better as players."
The players know what is at stake, and are excited about the opportunity.
"We have a couple big series coming up," Power standout right fielder Josh Bell said. "We got a big few weeks ahead of us. We just have to bring our A game. If we do that, we are going to be a tough team to beat, whether it's now, two weeks from now, or whenever."
The Power looked to have an advantage with the pitching match-up against Greensboro Thursday night with Jason Creasy on the mound for West Virginia with a 4-3 record and low 3.06 earned run average.
Meanwhile, Greensboro countered with Chad James, who has struggled throughout the season with a 1-6 record and 6.52 ERA coming into the game.
However, all that went out the window as even though Creasy did his job for the Power, James was even more impressive, pitching a gem for the Grasshoppers.
James pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, and struck out eight Power players opposed to just two walks.
Creasy went six solid innings, allowing one earned run, and also struck out eight Grasshopper batters, but didnt allow a single base on ball.
In the midst of a pitchers' duel between the two, Greensboro finally scored what proved to be the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning on a solo home run by leadoff hitter Matt Juengel, a line drive over the left field wall, to give the Grasshoppers a 1-0 lead.
Two other Greensboro relievers pitched the final four innings to complete the shutout. Mason Hope pitched three scoreless innings and Ronald Barnes earned the save. On the game, three Grasshoppers struck out 15 Power batters.
"He's (James) is very talented," Ryan said. "He's a first round guy. Creasy was outstanding tonight. There is nothing to feel about. I'm not going to feel sorry for them being outstanding."