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SAL playoffs: W.Va. Power tie divisional series at 1-1

By From staff reports

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- The West Virginia Power is one game from advancing to the South Atlantic League championship series.

Josh Bell clubbed a go-ahead, two-run double in the top of the 11th inning Friday night to help the Power to a 6-3 win over Hagerstown in Game 2 of the SAL divisional series at Municipal Stadium.

The best-of-three series is now tied 1-1. Game 3 is in Hagerstown tonight at 7:05, and the winner advances to face Savannah in a best-of-five championship series scheduled to begin Monday.

If the Power wins tonight, Game 1 (Monday) and Game 2 (Tuesday) will be at Appalachian Power Park.

Friday's decisive 11th inning started with a single by Kawika Emsley-Pai. After Chris Diaz struck out and was subsequently ejected, Max Moroff walked and Walker Gourley singled to load the bases.

That's win Bell doubled on a line drive to left to score two. Jordan Steranka followed with an RBI single to give the Power a three-run cushion.

Bell finished 2-for-5 with four RBI. Gourley had four hits -- a double and three singles -- and Steranka had two hits and an RBI.

Jhondaniel Medina pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win. Cesar Lopez struck out two in the bottom of the 11th to record the save.

In the other SAL divisional series, Savannah defeated Augusta, 5-0, Friday night to complete the sweep.


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