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Power smash Suns

April 21, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One day after Hagerstown steamrolled West Virginia in a 14-4 rout, the Power turned the tables on the Suns, bashing out 15 hits in a lopsided 11-2 victory on Sunday in the South Atlantic League.

West Virginia (8-10) scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fifth and five in the sixth to pull away.

Ashley Ponce opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third, Josh Bell also hit an RBI single and Eric Wood drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for the Power.

Hagerstown (10-8) cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth on Wander Ramos’ two-run home run, his second of the season. Mike McQuillan led off with a single to set Ramos up.

West Virginia made it 5-2 in the fifth. Bell led off with a homer. Stetson Allie walked and went to third on Wood’s double before scring on a double play grounder.

The Power put the game away in the sixth. Bell hit a two-run single, giving him four RBIs on the day. Barrett Barnes added a two-run double and Walker Gourley hit an RBI single to cap the five-run rally and make it 10-2.

In the eighth, Francisco Diaz hit a two-out single, went to third on Gourley’s double and scored on a wild pitch for West Virginia’s final run.

Orlando Castro (2-1) earned the win for the Power, working the first five innings.

Castro allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. Ryan Hafner, Josh Smith and Kyle Haynes combined to hold the Suns scoreless on two hits — both in the ninth off Haynes — over the final four innings.

Brian Dupra (1-1) took the loss for Hagerstown, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks in four innings. Brian Rauh also had a tough outing, getting touched for five runs on four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

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