Redskins earn win vs. HHS
HUNTINGTON -- On Thursday night, Hurricane's baseball team simply found all the right spots.
Whether it was a well-placed hit offensively or defensive alignment, the Redskins were everywhere they needed to be to earn a 7-1 win over Huntington High at Cook-Holbrook Field.
"That's a good team and it's good to come out with a win," Hurricane coach Brian Sutphin said. "We were ready to play and excited about playing. When any team is focused, they have a chance to be a good baseball team."
Even though the game went the distance, the turning point came in the second inning for both teams.
Hurricane used an RBI double by Austin Hensley to get on the board before getting a pair of key two-out hits to produce a 4-0 lead.
Trey Dawson was able to score Hensley with an RBI single before Alex Dunham laced a two-run double to the gap that was the game's most crucial hit.
Dunham's double came on an 0-2 pitch as he tried to protect the plate.
The Highlanders looked to answer in the bottom of the frame, using a walk, a single by Jordan Turner and an error on a sacrifice attempt to load the bases with no outs.
However, Hurricane pitcher Connor Adams was able to work out of the jam, getting a fielder's choice for the first out before flashing his leather on the mound.
Huntington High's Ben Haikal sent a hard shot back up the middle, but Adams fielded it cleanly, fired to catcher Tate Brock for the force at the plate and Brock's laser to J.T. Rogoszewski was able to beat Haikal by a half-step to end the inning.
That play set the tone for the game for the Highlanders. Each time Huntington High would appear to get a rally started, the Redskins' defense would come up with a big stand.
Hurricane finished with three double plays on the evening, including a nice snag by Rogoszewski, who robbed the Highlanders' Stephen Holland before stepping on first for the unassisted double play.
Rogoszewski was actually holding Huntington High's Ronnie Musick on base when Holland's shot that would've gone for extra bases found his glove.
"It was one of those games where I told the team not every game can be chalked up by a win or a loss," Huntington High coach Danny Harbert said. "I thought we did a good job of hitting the ball. It was just right at them a couple of times. Some of our hardest hits, they gloved up and got double plays. That happens in baseball."
The Highlanders cut the deficit to 4-1 in the third inning when Joey Mundy doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Smith.
However, a balk, error, a wild pitch and a hit batsmen with the bases loaded accounted for two more Hurricane runs in the fifth inning before Riley Metz' RBI single ended the scoring in the sixth.
Adams went the distance, allowing the one run on six scattered hits while striking out five in the win.
Dunham finished 2-for-2 with the double and two RBIs for Hurricane.
HURRICANE 040 021 0 -- 7 6 1
HUNTINGTON HIGH 001 000 0 -- 1 6 2
Adams and Brock. Vancamp, Ashworth (6) and Shaver. Hitting: (Hur) Dunham 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI; Hensley 2B, RBI; Dawson RBI; Metz RBI; Estep RBI. (Hun) Mundy 2B; Shaver 3B; Smith RBI.