CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Stetson Allie wasn't sure what the pitch was that gave the West Virginia Power its first win of the season. Whether it was a change-up or a splitter, all that mattered for him in the 11th inning was that it rocketed over the fence in right center field.
That walk-off homer capped the Power's rally, gave the team a 6-5 win over the Asheville Tourists and ended what had been a tough opening series for the Power on a good note.
"I'm so excited right now," Allie said on the Appalachian Power Park field right after the game. "We needed that win. We played a great game. We deserved it."
The Power (1-3) rallied from a three-run deficit beginning in the bottom of the sixth inning. Down 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Power got its first home run off the season when Eric Wood cracked a pitch over the left center field fence. Ashley Ponce added another run with a two-out single to right that brought in a sliding Raul Fortunato.
The Power tied the game at 5-5 when Walker Gourley, who reached second on a stand-up double and moved to third on a wild pitch, came home via an Allie single to right.
Gourley said that rally was an extended example of the type of team the Power showed it could be in spring training, but was only able to show in bits and pieces through the season's first three games.
"The first few games, we had flashes of how we were playing in spring training," said Gourley who finished the game with three hits, including two doubles, and two RBI. "We've been making steady improvement every night, getting back to the team we know we are. It really showed tonight. We played good defense, pitched well and had some timely hits, which is what we haven't had the last few nights."
Both teams had chances to end the game in regulation, but couldn't convert on bases-loaded opportunities in the ninth.
The Tourists had the bases loaded with no outs after West Virginia pitcher David Jagoditsh walked catcher Tom Murphy and outfielder Francisco Sosa and hit Derek Jones with a pitch. Pat Ludwig came in to pitch, got Matt Argyropoulos to ground into a double play and struck Matt Wessinger out swinging.