Hurricane girls come back, edge Midland
HURRICANE, W.Va. — The Hurricane Singles Club had nothing to do with dating Thursday afternoon, but everything to do with winning softball.
Hurricane (10-0) and the top-ranked team in Class AAA, used a trio of singles before scoring the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge No. 8 Cabell Midland, 9-8.
Courtney Rogers began the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single to left. Emily Davis then blooped a single to left before Maddie Hebb’s fielder’s choice groundout from shortstop to third base erased Kaylee Wooten, who was running for Rogers. Amber Null reached on an infield single to reload the bases. A wild pitch on a one-and-one count then allowed pinch-runner Kristan Strobel to score on a close play.
“I was thinking that if she misses, I have to go,” Strobel said, referring to Cabell Midland reliever Abbie Tolbert. “I had no choice. I wanted to win it for my team. I was hoping and praying I made it.”
The Knights (8-4) looked to have taken control in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs, including two on Makayla Waugh’s home run to left, but the Redskins scored five times in the bottom of the inning to lead 6-4. Addie Fullen and Abigail Osborne drove in runs in the inning.
Hurricane, which hadn’t been seriously challenged by a high-scoring team in any game this season, tacked on two more runs in the fifth as Null doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Katie Adams. Osborne followed with an infield single, moved up on a fielder’s choice, then scored on Cassie Sargent’s single to right to make it 8-4.
With one out in the seventh, Cabell Midland rallied. With Jenna Marsh at third and Katie Kelly at second, Jaime Schissler hit into a fielder’s choice to score Marsh. Tori Adkins singled home Kelly and after Colliflower walked, Waugh doubled to right-center to tie the game.
“It’s hard to come back like that,” Cabell Midland coach Jeanne Lunsford said. “I’m proud of our girls. I told them they had nothing to hang their head over. We made some errors behind our freshman pitcher and that hurt us early. We left a lot of players on. We’re getting hits. We just need to get those timely hits.”
The Knights left 11 runners on base. Hurricane stranded 10.
Redskins coach Josh Caldwell said his team missed some opportunities, but he was proud of the way it responded to a deficit.
“I know how good Cabell Midland is,” Caldwell said. “I have a lot of respect for them. We needed a tight game like this. You don’t want to go into sectionals or regionals not knowing how to win a game like this. We didn’t play great, but we gutted it out. We challenged our kids when we were down 4-1. I’m proud of them for fighting back.”
Rogers was the winning pitcher, despite surrendering eight runs and 14 hits. She struck out five and walked three. Rogers, though, helped herself at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
Sargent was 3-for-4, as was Null. Adams and Osborne smacked two hits apiece.
Waugh stood out for Cabell midland, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. Adkins was 3-for-4. Colliflower went 2-for-3 and Alyssa Koontz was 2-for-4.
Cabell Midland returns to action at 5:30 p.m. Friday at home against Riverside. Hurricane also is at home at 5:30 p.m. Friday against Woodrow Wilson.
CABELL MIDLAND 010 300 40 — 8 14 2
HURRICANE 100 520 01 — 9 17 1
Canterbury, Tolbert (4) and Koontz; Rogers and Adams.
Hitting (CM) Colliflower 2-3, Waugh 4-5 HR 2 2B 4 RBI, Koontz 2-4, Adkins 3-4; (H) Sargent 3-4, Rogers 4-5 2B 2 RBI, Null 3-4 2 2B, Adams 2-3, Osborne 2-4, Fullen 2B.
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