Keister said with the Suns knowing they were in the playoffs for several months, the team was able to prepare differently than it would if Hagerstown had been in a pennant race the final few weeks of the season.
"It did (change our preparation) but you still have to play," he said. "It's not like you can expand the rosters and then have a bunch of pitchers that you can hold back. You still have to get your innings, get your guys their work and go play. We have a 25-man roster."
The last time the Power was in the SAL playoffs, the club fought through an elimination game to take its opening series against Lake County before being swept in the 2008 championship series Augusta. The Greenjackets had two-time World Series champion Madison Bumgarner on that team.
If West Virginia wants a shot at Charleston's first SAL championship since 1990 (as the Charleston Wheelers) it will have to win both games in Hagerstown before playing either Augusta or Savannah in a best-of-five series.
If the Power advances past Hagerstown, Game 1 of the championship series would be Monday at Appalachian Power Park. Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday and would also be a home game for the Power. Wednesday is a travel day with Game 3 set for Thursday at either Augusta or Savannah. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, are scheduled for next Friday and Saturday.
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