Thursday, July 17, 2008

West Virginia overpowers Catfish

At the end of the 2007 season, the Columbus Catfish swept the West Virginia Power (Brewers) in three games to win the South Atlantic League title. In those games, the Catfish outscored West Virginia by a combined score of 16-4

That's ancient history.

West Virginia outscored the Catfish 14-4 Wednesday night in the first meeting of the teams since last season's league championship.

West Virginia opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the 1st.

The Catfish tied it in the 3rd when 1B Henry Wrigley reached on a 1-out single. With 2 outs, he stole second and scored when 2 errors on the swipe attempt allowed him to reach home.

The Catfish wouldn't stay tied long.

West Virginia put up 3 in the 3rd, another run in the 4th, then put it away with 5 in the 6th.

The Catfish put up a pair of runs in the 7th. With 1 out, RF Quinn Stewart singled, then scored on a double by DH Stephen Vogt. C Mike McCormick drove home Vogt on a single left, closing the gap to 10-3.

West Virginia responded ... and then some ... with 4 in the bottom of the 7th. 3B Greg Sexton drove in 2B Chase Fontaine on a sacrifice fly, setting the final score at 14-4.

Despite the blowout loss, every Catfish starter reached base at least once. CF Maiko Loyola was the only Catfish batter to get 2 hits.

Starter Brian Flores lasted only 3-2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, in taking his 5th loss of the season.

The 4-game series continues Thursday night.

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