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Mathisen delivers in Power win

KENNY KEMP | Sunday Gazette-Mail
West Virginia’s Chris Diaz slides into second with a double as Kannapolis second baseman Eddy Alvarez misses the throw.

Wyatt Mathisen singled in what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lift the West Virginia Power to a 5-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-4 Saturday evening at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

Kannapolis took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first before West Virginia’s Austin Meadows doubled in two runs in the bottom of the frame to give the Power a 2-1 advantage. Kannapolis plated another run in the top of the third but West Virginia (31-29) answered run in the bottom of the inning to regain a 3-2 edge.

The Power’s Jeff Roy tripled in a run to give the Power a two-run lead in the fourth before Kannapolis tied the game at 4 in the fifth on Eddy Alvarez’s second home run of the night. The game remained tied into the seventh, when Mathisen came through with his RBI single.

Power reliever Zack Von Rosenberg (2-2) earned the win, allowing no hits and striking out four in two innings, and Issac Sanchez finished for his sixth save. Kannapolis’ Dylan Chavez (4-5) was charged with the loss, giving up one run on three hits in three innings of relief.

Meadows drove in a pair of runs in the game and Erich Weiss extended his hit streak to seven games.

This was the Power’s fifth win in a row at home, a season-best.

West Virginia hosts Kannapolis again at 2:05 p.m. today. West Virginia’s Buddy Borden will start against the Intimidators’ Chris Freudenberg.

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