Legends – West Virginia pulls away for 9-3 win over Legends

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Alexis Bastardo hit two home runs and drove in four runs, leading the West Virginia Power to a 9-3 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday in Charleston.

A double by Stephen Alemais and a single by Ty Moore gave West Virginia a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but the Legends tied it in the second when Chris DeVito doubled and came home on a single by Meibrys Viloria.

Bastardo gave West Virginia the lead when he led off the bottom of the third with a homer, his second of the year. 

The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when the Power scored four runs, three on bases-loaded walks.  Trae Arbet led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Logan Ratledge.  Clark Eagan was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, and Chris Harvey walked, forcing in a run.  After Vance Tatum relieved starter Nolan Watson for Lexington, Bastardo walked, scoring Ratledge, and with two outs, Ty Moore walked and Eagan scored.  Carlos Munoz brought Harvey home with a single, and West Virginia had a 6-1 lead.

The Legends got one run back in the seventh on a walk to Amalani Fukofuka, a double by Ricky Aracena and a sacrifice fly by Angelo Castellano, but Bastardo hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

A single by Munoz and a triple by Hunter Owen produced the final West Virginia run in the eighth. 

The Legends scored in the ninth when Fukofuka walked, moved to second on defensive indifference and scored on a two-out single by Kort Peterson.

West Virginia starter Cam Vieaux (1-0) got the win.  Watson (1-5) took the loss.

West Virginia has won two out of three in the series, which concludes Monday.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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