Huntsville, West Virginia Roll Along

Steffan Wilson leads West Virginia's attack with two extra-base hits and three RBIs.


The Sounds held 3-0 and 4-3 leads but couldn't hold them, enduring a 6-5 defeat in 10 innings Thursday night to Omaha.

Right fielder Brendan Katin smacked a three-run homer in the second, his 14th of the season, and designated hitter Laynce Nix swatted his 16th, a solo shot, in the sixth but it wasn't enough to prevent last-place Nashville from slipping to 38-57 in the PCL's American North.

First baseman Brad Nelson and catcher Vinny Rottino each led the way with two hits, both of Rottino's being doubles to give him 20 for the year.

Starter Richie Gardner allowed only three runs despite giving up nine hits in five innings. Relievers Erasmo Ramirez, Tim Dillard and Ben Howard (2-5) each allowed a run.


Third baseman Mat Gamel and left fielder Cole Gillespie finished a combined were a combined 0 for 7 until both singled to help the Stars score what proved to be the deciding run in the ninth as they held on for a 9-8 victory over Chattanooga.

Huntsville got three RBIs from catcher Angel Salome and two from second baseman Mike Bell and base hits from two pitchers in improving to 13-10, keeping them in second place in Southern League North Division standings behind Tennessee.

Starter Mike Jones was roughed up for six runs on six hits and five walks in 3.1 innings, but relievers Patrick Ryan, Dave Johnson and Jason Shiell combined for six strikeouts and only one run during the next 4.2 innings. Closer Juan Sandoval survived two hits a walk and one run to record his 11th save.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar chipped in two hits as his average rose to .333, while Salome's sits at .347.

Brevard County

The Manatees rallied to tie the score at 5-all after eight innings, but relievers Josh Wahpepah (1-1) and Mike McClendon each allowed a run in the ninth as the hosts dropped a 7-5 decision to Lakeland.

Brevard County fell to 7-13 and remained in the Florida State League's East Division cellar after losing three straight games in the series by a combined 21-6 margin.

Shortstop Brent Brewer went 3 for 4 with a double, third baseman Taylor Green was 2 for 5, first baseman Jimmy Mojica finished 2 for 4 and catcher Jonathan Lucroy knocked in two runs.

West Virginia

The Power continues to find ways to win, grabbing an early lead and hanging on for a 5-4 triumph, improving to 16-5 and maintaining a three-game lead over Lakewood in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division.

Steffan Wilson led the visitors' attack with a 2 for 4 effort that included a double, triple and three RBIs. Center fielder Lee Haydel went 2 for 5 and shortstop Matt Cline and left fielder Eric Fryer each finished 2 for 4.

Wilson's triple to center brought home two runs and he scored on a throwing error on the play for a 3-0 advantage in West Virginia's first at-bat. In the second, Cline doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Power made it 5-2 in the third when Wilson's double to left scored Caleb Gindl, who had singled.

Starter Evan Anundsen (8-4) worked the first 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out four. Corey Frerichs went the final 2.2 innings, striking out three and giving up only one hit for his seventh save.


The Brewers were no-hit earlier in the season, and John Delaney's lead-off single in the first inning was their only one Thursday night during their 3-0 loss to Idaho Falls.

Helena fell to 11-12 and remained in third place in the Pioneer League's North Division.

Nicholas Tyson (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits in the first three innings. Daniel Meadows, Mark Willinsky and Trey Watten combined to give up one run on two hits over the next six innings.

However, the hosts' offense couldn't find a spark in striking out 10 times, including three each from third baseman Delaney and designated hitter Corey Kemp.


The Brewers suffered a 6-2 setback to the Padres, with a four-run eighth being the big blow as Milwaukee's squad fell to 3-12.

Lead-off batter Luis Sanchez and No. 2 hitter Jose Rangel each finished 2 for 4, with the latter knocking in both Brewers runs with a single in the eighth. Damon Krestalude made his second start, giving up two hits and two walks during four scoreless innings. Adrian Rosario (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up two runs on six hits in three innings, even though Brandon Rapoza allowed four runs in the final two innings.

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