West Virginia's Walker Gourley can't believe the call after he was called out at second base by Asheville's Matt Wessinger.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the season opener 24 hours earlier, the Power couldn't score and struck out much too frequently.In the season's second game, the Power demonstrated a variety of other shortcomings. The pitchers walked eight batters, yielded 18 hits, including four that left the park, and allowed the Asheville Tourists to score in seven consecutive innings.The Power defense, meanwhile, committed four errors.The Tourists did not break the game open, however, until the sixth inning when they scored three times to snap a 6-6 tie and, from there, bludgeoned their way to a 15-6 victory Friday night at Appalachian Power Park. The game went three hours, 24 minutes and drew a paid crowd of 1,856.
Amid everything else, the Tourists reaffirmed the ballpark's reputation as a place where the ball travels wonderfully. Second baseman Matt Wessinger, the No. 9 hitter, hit a two-run homer to left center in the second inning and a solo blast to left as part of a four-run eighth. The ball carried better on Friday than it did Thursday, said Wessinger."Last night it was kind of a graveyard with all the rain, and the wind was blowing,'' said Wessinger, a fifth-round draft choice from Liverpool, N.Y. "But today we got a pretty nice night to play.''Two other Tourists, shortstop Rosell Herrera and left fielder Francisco Sosa, also homered in the eighth.
Although the roster is hardly the same, the Tourists would like to match the team's 2012 success, in which they led the South Atlantic League with 88 victories and won the playoff championship. "We saw those guys in spring training, and we know what they did last year,'' said Wessinger. "We don't want them to show us up, so to speak.''After picking up just three hits and striking out 14 times in Thursday's 3-0 loss, Power hitters redeemed themselves a bit offensively by rapping out 10 hits, including four for extra bases. Right fielder Josh Bell also showed speed and daring on the bases by scoring from second on a fielder's choice as part of a three-run third inning.Shortstop and leadoff man Max Moroff had three hits, and center fielder Junior Sosa and designated hitter Walker Gourley had two each. After loading the bases in the first inning but failing to score, the Tourists scored in each of the next seven innings and posed a two-on, two-out threat in the ninth.POWER POINTS: The two teams will play at 7:05 tonight and conclude the series with a 2:05 game Sunday afternoon. The Charleston RiverDogs will be in town for games Monday and Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ... The Power's 3-0 loss to Asheville on Thursday was the team's fifth straight opening-night defeat as a Pittsburgh affiliate. ... For the first time since the 2009 season, Power play-by-play voice Adam Marco will accompany the team on the road and do the broadcasts. In the last three seasons, broadcasts of the team's road games were picked up from the home team. Ten of the 14 SAL broadcasters accompany their teams on the road. ... Friday's game started a half hour late because of the length of the Marshall-Houston game.Reach Mike Whiteford at email@example.com.