The West Virginia Power broke a tie in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs to beat the Delmarva Shorebirds, 3-1, in the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader in Delmarva. The Shorebirds won the second game, 3-2, in eight innings.
Shorebirds reliever Mychal Givens gave up the two runs in the seventh when his wild pitch allowed Stetson Allie to score, then a Walker Gourley fielder's choice brought home Raul Fortunato.
Ryan Hafner got the win in relief for West Virginia (35-30), giving up one hit and striking out four over two innings. Givens pitched just one inning for the Shorebirds (27-35) to get the loss.
The Power won the first game of the doubleheader with just four hits -- all singles. Clay Holmes, a 20-year-old right-hander, bounced back from a rough start to allow just one run on one hit in five innings. He did not factor in the decision.
West Virginia's second game went to extra innings in a seven-inning game. Power starter John Kuchno gave up one run on two hits in five innings before the bullpen gave up runs in the bottom of the seventh and eighth.
The Power is two games behind Hickory for first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division. West Virginia begins a four-game series at Greensboro tonight to conclude first-half play.