The West Virginia Power failed to climb back above the .500 mark Wednesday, dropping a 5-1 decision to host Hickory.
The Crawdads (37-22) took a 1-0 lead away from the Power (29-30) in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Jose Almonte and Kole Enright hit solo home runs off Power starter and losing pitcher Ryne Inman (5-5). Inman lasted until the seventh inning, when again Almonte hurt him, this time driving a double to left field that scored Manny Pazos.
Almonte later scored on a single by Jax Biggers, who also crossed home plate before Inman was pulled from the game.
West Virginia, which struggled to an 11-20 record in May, has been at the .500 mark twice in the last five days, but has lost subsequent games after reaching the break-even level twice in that time. The Power took a 1-0 lead Wednesday when Johnny Slater hit a solo homer to right field in the top of the fifth, but could not hold off Crawdad bats for an inning afterward.
Tyree Thompson (2-2) got the win for Hickory, going six innings and giving up two hits and a run while striking out six.
The Power returns home Thursday to begin a four-game series against the Greenville Drive. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park.