CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Stetson Allie said he'd never heard his dad cry. But when he called home to tell his family he'll start at first base for the Northern Division in the South Atlantic League's All-Star Game, that might have changed.
"It was almost like he was in tears," Allie said. "My mom was just screaming and telling everybody in the house. It was an awesome experience. I've never been more excited in my life."
Allie has plenty of teammates with which he can share that excitement. Six Power players were picked for that June 18 game in Lakewood, N.J. Three will start - Allie, right fielder Josh Bell and second baseman Dilson Herrera - while pitchers Tyler Glasnow and Orlando Castro and outfielder Walker Gourley made the team as reserves.
The Power celebrated by opening its six-game homestand with a 7-5 win Tuesday over the Delmarva Shorebirds at Appalachian Power Park, its fourth win in five games.
West Virginia's half-dozen All-Star selections doubles the number of players the Power sent to the game last season, when second baseman Alen Hanson, right fielder Gregory Polanco and pitcher Matt Benedict represented the team.
That jump in All-Star picks is showing in the Power's record. After beating the Shorebirds on Tuesday, West Virginia is 32-26. The Power won just 23 games in the entire first half last season.
"We play as a team," Glasnow said. "We don't have any selfish players on this team. In crucial times - hit-and-runs, bunts and everything - no one's mad about it or anything. Everyone just gets the job done. We just have really talented players and the chemistry is really good."
It was working Tuesday, as the Power tagged Delmarva with four runs in the third. Down 1-0, West Virginia scored its first two run when the Shorebirds couldn't turn a double play, throwing away the toss to first on a Junior Sosa grounder, and Kawika Emsley-Pai and Ashley Ponce scored. Then Bell belted his eighth homer of the season over the right field fence for two more runs.