With the Power leading 3-2 in the ninth inning, Brinson stepped up to the plate with two outs and a runner on second base.
The Power fans were on their feet, ready to celebrate a big win, when the lanky center fielder drilled a 2-1 offering from relief pitcher Cesar Lopez over the left field wall.
"I was looking for a fastball, and he (Lopez) threw it in my happy zone," Brinson said. "I just wanted to be hit the ball hard. I put a good swing on it and luckily it went over the fence. It was nice to shut the people up for once. They had been getting after us all series."
At the point of contact, Brinson didn't know if it would be a home run or not, and was almost too excited when he found out it had snuck over the left field wall. "I didn't know if it was going to be a double or not," Brinson said. "I knew I hit it pretty good and I knew it was going to be fair. I looked at it rounding first, and almost missed the bag. Luckily it went out."
The game looked like it would be a pitchers' duel between the Power's Kyle Haynes and Hickory's Paul Schwendel early on. Neither team plated a run through the first four innings and each team could only muster one hit.
The Power finally was able to score the game's first run on a two out RBI single from No. 9 hitter Chris Diaz in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Hickory finally got to Haynes, scoring two runs in the sixth inning but only one of the runs were earned. The Crawdads scored once off a throwing error from Power shorstop Max Moroff and a sacrifice fly from Alejandro Gallo.
The Power took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on RBI singles from Raul Fortunato and Diaz, leading up to Brinson's heroics in the ninth.
Haynes didn't factor into the decision with the blown save from Lopez, but pitched a solid game for the Power. The righthander had his longest outing of the season, hurling seven innings, with just three hits, seven strikeouts and only one walk.
"That was our best pitching performance of the year the way he attacked the zone," Ryan said. "He kept a powerful club off the board for a long time. I'm glad he had that outing. He is growing in confidence with each one, and I can't wait to see his next one." West Virginia begins a sixday, seven-game road trip tonight at Charleston.