The Greensboro Grasshoppers took an early three-run advantage and never looked back, handing the West Virginia Power a franchise-worst 11th-straight loss, 7-2 Wednesday night at Appalachian Power Park.
The Grasshoppers got started in the second when J.T. Riddle singled home two runs. In the third inning, Greensboro tacked on another on a Chad Wallach sacrifice fly and added one more in the fifth on an Avery Romero solo blast.
West Virginia got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Candon Myles came home on a throwing error by Greensboro starter Jarlin Garcia. The Power cut the lead to two in the seventh with an RBI groundout off the bat of Justin Maffei scoring Wyatt Mathisen. Greensboro responded in the eighth, scoring twice off of two Power miscues.
Power starter Buddy Borden (2-5) was charged with the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking three in five innings. Garcia (6-2) earned the win for the Grasshoppers, allowing just one earned run on nine hits and striking out five and walking one in seven innings.
West Virginia will take on the Delmarva Shorebirds on today at APP. Power starter Cody Dickson will take the hill against the Shorebirds’ Luis Gonzalez.
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RADIO OUTAGE: Kindred Communications, a locally owned and operated radio company in Huntington, lost a 400-foot radio tower Tuesday night for 1340-AM WCMI, the local ESPN station, when it was blown down by the thunderstorms that swept through the Tri-State area.
The tower is located in South Point, Ohio, in a remote location in Lawrence County.
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FAIRMONT HOOPS: Fairmont State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun announced the addition of Nick Harney for the 2013-14 season.
Harney is a Division I transfer from Akron of the Mid-American Conference and will have one year of eligibility at Fairmont State. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward averaged 8.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in three seasons for the Zips.
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HOOPS CAMP: Coach Dave Barksdale and coach Dan Burd are hosting the “Eye of the Tiger Basketball Camps” throughout the month of July.
The first camp is scheduled for July 7-11 and is intended for third, fourth and fifth graders. The second camp is slated for July 14-18 and is intended for sixth and seventh graders and girls entering eighth and ninth grade. The final camp is set for July 21-25 and is intended for first, second and third graders.
All camps are for girls and boys and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except the July 21-15 camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The camps will be held in the gymnasium at Memorial Baptist Church, 1402 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, W.Va.
For more information, contact coach Barksdale at 304-763-5885 or coach Burd at 304-237-4067.