West Virginia earns All-Star spots
On the cusp of claiming the South Atlantic League's Northern Division second-half championship, several West Virginia players were named to the circuit's postseason All-Star team on Tuesday.
Steffan Wilson was named the league's utility infielder as he entered the Power's final series with a league-leading 97 RBIs. He's hitting .292 with a team-high 19 homers.Also making the squad were outfielder Caleb Gindl and designated hitter Eric Fryer.
Gindl's recent hot streak and power surge have given him 13 homers and a .307 batting average. He tops West Virginia with 38 doubles and sits third in RBIs (81) behind Wilson and Zelous Wheeler's 84. He leads the Power with 133 games, 152 hits and 237 total bases.
Fryer has socked 10 homers and driven in 61 while switching between catching duties and playing the outfield, hitting a league-leading .334 average.
The Sounds scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth but it wasn't enough to avoid a 9-8 home defeat against Albuquerque on Tuesday night.
Gamel knocked in two runs to give him 98 total for the season, while right fielder Brendan Katin clubbed his 16th homer, a three-run shot in the first, as he finished with four RBIs.
Starter Chris Narveson (6-13) was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, on four hits and five walks in 4.2 innings, although he struck out nine. Nic Ungs and Joe Bateman combined for 3.1 scoreless innings before Luis Pena allowed a run on two walks and a hit in what made the difference after the Sounds' rally came up one run short.
The Stars' first game of a scheduled doubleheader against Carolina was suspended with Huntsville coming to bat in the fourth inning with a 4-1 advantage. The second game was cancelled, although the foes are planning to finish two games Wednesday because the Mudcats' magic number for clinching the Southern League's North Division second-half title remained at three.
Catcher Angel Salome had a two-run homer, his 12th, in the first.
The Manatees (29-34) were silenced on three hits as visiting Jupiter posted an 8-0 triumph, scoring three runs in the first and four in the eighth.
Amaury Rivas (1-2) went five innings, allowing three runs, but only one of them earned, on four hits while striking out four.
The Power (43-22) take the day off Wednesday after posting a 7-3 victory over Lexington that maintained their lead over Lakewood at 3.5 games with five contests left.
West Virginia scored three times each in the fifth and sixth innings to win its third time in the four-game set against the Legends, finishing with 13 hits, enough to overcome four errors.
Designated hitter Curt Rindal went 3 for 4 with a double, while second baseman Eric Farris, first baseman Wilson, Gindl and Wheeler contributed two hits each. Farris knocked in three runs, two on his third homer in the fifth, while Wheeler brought home two more.
Evan Anundsen (12-7) responded from a rough outing to pitch seven innings of one hit ball, allowing an unearned run while striking out five.
The Brewers (11-17) bested Great Falls, registering a 5-3 decision despite getting only six hits.
Erik Komatsu contributed a triple and RBI as his average slipped to .347 after he went 1 for 4.
Cody Adams (4-4) worked seven strong innings, scattering eight hits but giving up only one run and two walks while fanning six.
The Brewers had the night off after Monday's contest against the Cubs had been cancelled due to wet grounds. They resume play tonight, one of only four games remaining.