West Virginia Maintains Lead

West Virginia snapped a two-game skid to maintain its lead in the South Atlantic League, while Helena got 11 strikeouts from three pitchers in a 5-0 triumph.


The Sounds (40-62) were off Monday night and begin an eight-game home stand with a four-game series against Tacoma (50-52) on Tuesday night.


The Stars (17-13) also had Monday off after taking three out of five from Tennessee at home to move to within a game of the front-running Smokies.

On Tuesday, Huntsville begins a five-game road trip to third-place Carolina (15-15). The Mudcats have won seven out of 11 meetings so far.

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The Manatees (12-17) were rained out for the fifth time in June as their contest at Tampa became the latest.

West Virginia

The Power (22-9) got back on the winning track, breaking their two-game slide with a 6-5 victory over Rome in 11 innings to stay one game ahead of Lakewood in the SAL's Northern Division race.

West Virginia finally won it after left fielder Lee Haydel lined a single to left to lead off. He came around on a throwing error on designated hitter Matt Cline's sacrifice bunt, which almost did the hosts in an inning earlier.

Evan Anundsen worked the first six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Wes Etheridge then went two one-hit innings. Corey Frerichs then blew the save by giving up a run on two hits in the ninth, and his throwing error on a sacrifice bunt in the 10th gave the visitors a first-and-third situation with no outs. However, Curtis Pasma got a strikeout and double play to douse the rally.

Catcher Eric Fryer finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs as his average climbed back to .345. Cline, center fielder Caleb Gindl and Haydel added two hits apiece. Second baseman Zelous Wheeler contributed two RBIs.


Third baseman John Delaney led off the game with a homer, and a night after the Brewers unleashed a season-best offensive display, their pitching dominated Casper on Monday night during a 5-0 victory.

Right-hander Nick Tyson (1-2), who had been 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in Helena after struggling at Class A West Virginia, baffled Casper with six innings of four-hit, scoreless ball, striking out five with no walks. Then southpaw Daniel Meadows fanned five during two innings of one-hit ball and Wily Peralta closed it out with a strikeout to give Helena 11 Ks.

Designated hitter Corey Kemp led the offense with a 3 for 4 effort that included a double and two runs scored. Second baseman David Fonseca went 2 for 4 and shortstop Michael Marseco finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs.


The Brewers (5-18) suffered their third straight defeat but it was the first time they had been shut out this season as they fell 3-0 to the Rangers.

The Brewers won the hit column, 6-4, with three of them in the first three innings but couldn't scratch across any runs. Second baseman Allixon Cequea recorded two of the hits while outfielder Miguel Vasquez had a double.

Starter Seth Lintz made his second appearance, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out four in two innings to keep his ERA at 0.00. Greg Miller tossed a scoreless third, but new addition Bob McEwen (0-1) gave up one run in two innings but absorbed the defeat.

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