WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile-Cellphone and PDA Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr

Still Alive: Game 3 Forced By The Power

Reported by: Send eMail Mark Martin/Adam Marco
Videographer: Mark Martin
September 7, 2013

Eyewitness Sports Photo
Eyewitness Sports Photo

The West Virginia Power beat the Hagerstown Suns 6-3 in 11 innings on Saturday night to even the South Atlantic League Northern Division Championship Series at one win apiece.

Josh Bell drove in four runs to help the Power extend the best-of-three series to a decisive third game.

Hagerstown took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a fielder’s choice that plated Isaac Ballou, though West Virginia evened the score with a run-scoring single by Raul Fortunato in the top of the second.

The Suns regained the lead with a run in the third when Ballou doubled, moved to third on a fly out to right and scored on a ground out by Shawn Pleffner.

After the Power tied the game in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Bell, Hagerstown took a 3-2 lead in the home half of the inning. Pedro Severino reached on a double. Stephen Perez followed with a sacrifice bunt and Severino was sent to the plate on the play, scoring without a tag attempt.

In the top of the seventh, Chris Diaz was hit by a pitch and moved to scoring position on an error and a sac bunt. Bell grounded out to second base, scoring Diaz, and tying the game at three.

Each team had opportunities to take the lead over the final third of regulation, but neither could capitalize. The Power left the go-ahead runner on base in the eighth and left two on in the tenth. The Suns had the winning run on in the tenth, but Jhondaniel Medina held Hagertowns at bay.

In the eleventh inning, Kawika Emsley-Pai singled, Max Moroff, and Walker Gourley singled to load the bases. Josh Bell doubled to left-center off Bryan Harper, the third Suns pitcher of the inning, plating two for a 5-3 lead. Gourley was thrown out at the plate and Bell moved to third on the throw. Jordan Steranka followed with a single up the middle for a 6-3 advantage.

In the bottom of the 11th, Cesar Lopez faced four batters, striking out two.

Medina (1-0) earned the win, Justin Thomas (0-1) took the loss, and Lopez notched the save. West Virginia also saw manager Michael Ryan and Chris Diaz ejected from the game. Ryan was tossed in the fifth inning after disputing a hit batter and Diaz was ejected in the eleventh after arguing a called third strike he felt hit him.

Game three of this series is set for Saturday evening at 7:05 pm. Luis Heredia will start for the Power against the Suns Kylin Turnbull at Municipal Stadium. The winner of Saturday’s game will play at home on Monday in game One of the South Atlantic League Championship Series against the Savannah Sand Gnats.


It's A Brees
July 27, 2014
Eyewitness Sports Photo
Read Sports Story-Watch Sports Video

Grooms Booted By Marshall
July 26, 2014
Eyewitness Sports Photo
Read Sports Story-Watch Sports Video

Grooms Is Gone; MU Running Back Dismissed
July 26, 2014
Eyewitness Sports Photo
Read Sports Story-Watch Sports Video

Sports News Marching Orders: Saints Open Camp In WV
July 26, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Brand Name: Christian Brand Wins WV Open
July 25, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News WV Open Day 2: Where There's A Will, There's A Way
July 25, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Saints Open Camp In West Virginia
July 25, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News WV Open Day 1: Berner & Hess Share Lead
July 23, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Sports Shrine: Williams Ready To Unveil Project
July 22, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Saint Greenbrier: Training Camp Facility Impressive
July 22, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Switz Now A Sophomore
July 20, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Braves Top Power 7-2
July 19, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News MU Picked To Win C-USA East
July 17, 2014
Sports News Noon Time Matchup: WVU And Maryland On Sept. 13
July 17, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News All-Star Time: St. Albans In Championship
July 16, 2014
Sports News What Up Doc? Holliday Gets Extension
July 15, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Homestand Ends For Power: Return On Friday
July 14, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Swim Meet Concludes: South Hills Takes Title
July 14, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Tennis Anyone? Public Courts Turns 55
July 13, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Open Season: 81st State Open Looms
July 11, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Moran A State Golf Fixture
July 9, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Anania's Classic: Hurricane Native Loved The Moment
July 8, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Cabrera Charges To Championship
July 6, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Hurley Takes 2 Stroke Lead Into Final Round
July 5, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Navy Vet Leads Thru Two Rounds
July 4, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Blixt Opens Strong
July 3, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News The Greenbrier Classic: Things To Get Going
June 29, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News NBA Draft: He's No. 1; Wiggins Chosen By Cavs
June 27, 2014
Sports News Holgorsen Looking Forward To 2014
June 26, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Junior Golfers Wrap Up Play
June 25, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News WVU Football: Trickett Gets The Ticket
June 25, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Walton's Mountain: James Walton Off To Shepherd
June 25, 2014    Watch Video
Sports News Raising Kane: Roush Set To Become Golden Eagle
June 25, 2014    Watch Video

Fugitive Files
Wanted: Jul. 22, 2014 You Can Help!
Fugitive Fugitive Fugitive Seen them? Call 888-720-TIPS
Details about these Fugitives

Behind The Kitchen Door
July 24, 2014
Brick Salt, Charleston; Bob Evans, Charleston; Dairy Queen, Scott Depot makes the list. Find out who has violations and who gets the Clean Kitchen Award!
Story and Video

W.Va. Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

Send Mail Send email to sports@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness Sports.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.