HEREDIA FINISHED with six strikeouts and allowed the team's only two walks. Power pitchers struck out 17 Hickory batters on Sunday. Harlan helped inflate that number by recording all nine of his outs via strikeout in the three innings he was on the mound.
"I thought (Harlan) did a good job working in his changeup," Ryan said. "He threw some pitches inside to set that up. He was exhausted toward the end and battled through it. That's all we can ask."
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THE WIN pulled the Power even with Hagerstown in the SAL Northern Division. The Suns scheduled game against Asheville was rained out on Sunday.
West Virginia can qualify for the SAL playoffs two ways - by winning the division or, if first-half champion Hagerstown also wins the second half, by having the next best overall record in the division. The Suns have not made things easy for West Virginia or Hickory, winning seven consecutive games prior to Sunday.
The Power is two and a half games ahead of Hickory for the playoff spot should Hagerstown win the division. West Virginia and Hickory have one head-to-head meeting remaining this season - today at 7:05 p.m.
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IF THE POWER are going to qualify for the SAL playoffs, the bulk of that push will have to be done away from Appalachian Power Park. After today's game against Hickory, the Power have three home games remaining and will play 11 games on the road.
That could bode well for West Virginia. The Power has 34 wins away from Charleston this season - second most in the SAL behind Hagerstown's 35 road victories.
Contact sportswriter Tom Bragg at tom.br...@dailymail.com or at 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports.