Posts Tagged ‘West Virginia Power’

And Suddenly, My Childhood Comes Rushing Back

I went to the West Virginia Power’s web site tonight to see if Charleston could somehow manage to salvage something from this four game series (West Virginia won the first game on a walkoff homer, the second on a combined no-hitter, and the third on a combined one-hitter) – they did, winning 8-7 despite nearly blowing an 8-2 lead – when pure awesomeness reached out and punched me in the face.

Guess who’s coming to Appalachian Power Park on August 7?  MR. BELDING!

saved by the bell

Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on Saved By The Bell for about a hundred years, will sign autographs and host a postgame karaoke party when the Power hosts Kannapolis on Back To School Night.  (The game is sponsored by the West Virginia Lottery – gamble early, gamble often, kids!)

Mr. Belding and fireworks?  Be still my heart!  What’s the fastest way from New Hampshire to West Virginia?

(Okay, I need to know: how the hell did Max get into that picture?  Did they just want an even number of people and he was available?)

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A Walkoff Win, Followed By A No-Hitter – This Is Not Charleston’s Week

Hunter Strickland and Diego Moreno of the West Virginia Power teamed up to pitch a pretty good game tonight, no-hitting the Charleston RiverDogs, 4-0, at Appalachian Power Park.

Strickland went the first six, striking out five and allowing just two baserunners (an error and a hit batsman) before turning it over to Moreno, who pitched the final three innings for his fourth save.

I tuned in to the radio broadcast for the ninth and was pleasantly surprised to hear West Virginia’s announcer steadfastly refusing to utter the actual words “no-hitter”.  That silly bit of superstition bothers some people, but I’ve always appreciated it as one of the fun little things that makes baseball great.

This was the second of a four-game series between the Power and the RiverDogs, and so far, the home team is giving the fans their money’s worth.  On Sunday, West Virginia overcame deficits of 2-1, 5-2, and 6-4 before eventually winning on a walkoff homerun with two out in the ninth.

Spotlight on A Ball – West Virginia Power vs. Delmarva Shorebirds

Over the weekend, I visited the Delmarva peninsula with my family. It’s called that because it contains parts of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Smack in the middle is a town called Salisbury, and that town is the home of the Delmarva Shorebirds, class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. They were taking on the West Virginia Power (Brewers). So I made sure to catch the Sunday afternoon game with my son. Here are a few photos from the ballpark!

Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. Named for the patriarch of the Perdue chicken empire.

 

The third base line in Perdue Stadium.

The Shorebirds’ manager is the mysterious Ramon Sambo. Yes, I said Sambo.

A wider view from the third base line.

Sherman the Shorebird. Hangin’ out, watchin’ the game.

Sherman shakes my son’s hand.

I love how they left a gap in the outfield so the church is visible.

Not only are they growing new talent for the Orioles, they’re growing new baseballs, as well.

As I was looking at the website for the Shorebirds, I noticed the very tight locus of the affiliate clubs. Typical Peter Angelos – he’ll save a buck anywhere he can, and he must surely save a ton on this travel schedule for his callups:

Aberdeen IronBirds (Short A) – Aberdeen, MD
Delmarva Shorebirds (A) – Salisbury, MD
Frederick Keys (High A) – Frederick, MD
Bowie Baysox (AA) – Bowie, MD
Norfolk Tides (AAA) – Norfolk, VA

Every single O’s affiliate is within a few hours of Baltimore. Very cagey, Angelos!