Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SALLY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS ; ACES IN THE HOLE; Powers Tarpley, Garcia Lined Up to Start Games 2 and 3 in Hickory

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SALLY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS ; ACES IN THE HOLE; Powers Tarpley, Garcia Lined Up to Start Games 2 and 3 in Hickory

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Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Hickory in the first game of the South Atlantic League Northern Division playoff series has the West Virginia Power knocking on the door of the championship series with perhaps its best arms lined up. Austin Coley, the league's wins leader, yielded a pair of runs in six innings on Wednesday in providing the Power offense with enough support to capture the first game of the best-of-three series.

But now, Hickory will have a Game 2 at home at 7:05 tonight and Game 3 if necessary on Saturday evening.

The Power may be away from the friendly confines tonight, but Hickory isn't exactly a strange environment for West Virginia.

The team was in Hickory, North Carolina less than a month ago when it took two wins in a three-game set against the Crawdads Aug. 14-16.

Coincidently, Stephen Tarpley and Yeudy Garcia, the Power starters lined up for Game 2 and a possible Game 3, picked up the two wins and were dominant in that series.

Tarpley was efficient enough to work eight innings and yielded no runs, three hits and no walks while striking out two in a 9-0 Power win.

Garcia didn't give up a run either and tossed five innings of one- hit ball while walking one and striking out three in a 3-1 win for West Virginia.

While Coley led the Power in innings pitched in the regular season (147 2/3) and wins (16), Garcia tops the squad in strikeouts with 112 despite pitching 23 1/3 fewer innings than Coley.

Garcia and Tarpley combined for a 23-9 record in 41 starts and their respective ERAs (2.10 for Garcia, 2.48 for Tarpley) were easily the best among Power starters.

So while the road and a Hickory team facing elimination may provide West Virginia with the stiffest test its faced this season, the Power will be firing its best bullets from both barrels.

"That's what happened the last time we went down there, said Power manager Brian Esposito. "Tarpley threw good game, Garcia threw a good game - we're just going to take it one game at a time. …

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