"The high school part of coaching was the best because it taught me patience," Viola said. "When I was playing they'd tell me something once or twice and I'd figure it out. At the high school level you can tell them until you're blue in the face and some kids will never figure it out.
"It does teach patience, though, and that's what you need more than anything else because it's not like the kids aren't trying, they just can't get it. So the more patience you have and the more in control you are, the better your chances of getting good results."
Coaching has also turned the 53-year old Viola into somewhat of psychologist in helping young prospects deal with that aspect of the game.
"At this level most of it is the mental part," Viola said. "Most of them have gotten this far because of their physical tools. Now to take it to the next levels, they've got to understand the mental part. Not to sound cocky or anything, but my strength is the mental part of the game.
"I had to learn to be mentally tough and to be able to teach them and have them understand why you have to be tough, that's the kicker."
The win pushed West Virginia to 14-11 in the South Atlantic League's second half, and 51-44 overall, while Savannah dropped to 10-14 and 53-40.
Stefan Sabol gave the Sand Gnats a 1-0 lead with an RBI single off of Power starter Clay Holmes, before the Power tied it in the third inning when Raul Fortunato doubled home Luis Urena, who reached on an error by Sand Gnats shortstop Dimas Ponce.
Savannah took a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, only to see the Power answer with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
After a Josh Bell double staring the Power's response, Eric Wood followed with a single, moving Bell to third. A single by Walker Gourley scored Bell, with Wood advancing home and Gourley to third on a throwing error by centerfielder Brandon Nimmo.
Gourley came home on a wild pitch by Sand Gnat starter Marcos Camerena, who dropped to 4-1 after allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings of work.
Power starter Clay Holmes went four innings to pick up the win, while relievers Lance Breedlove, Clario Perez and Jhondaniel Medina combined to toss five scoreless innings to close out the contest.
Breedlove (3-2) earned the win with two innings of work, allowing one hit and striking out three. Medina corralled his second save in as many chances with a perfect ninth inning.
West Virginia will look to sweep the three-game series tonight when the two teams square off at 7:05.