Hurricane outscores Wayne, 3-0
Entertaining battle of state champs features top-ranked pitchers
WAYNE -- The difference between Class AAA's top ranked softball team and Class AA's No. 1 team?
Reigning AAA champion Hurricane scored a season low three runs, but timely hitting and flawless defense helped the Redskins to a 3-0 victory Tuesday night at two-time defending Class AA champion Wayne.
It was the first time all season Hurricane (8-0) had scored fewer than 8 runs in a game.
"I'm really super proud of our girls," Wayne coach Tish Smith said. "It was defending state champions in both AAA and AA and you're going to see a good game.
"I think that's what we gave them tonight."
The Redskins made the most of limited opportunities against Wayne pitcher Jessie Rowe. Maddie Hebb hit a one-out, solo homerun in the top of the second inning. Hurricane did not get another base runner until the sixth inning.
Meanwhile, reigning West Virginia Sportswriters Player of the Year Courtney Rogers had an odd stat line in the circle. Rogers threw a 4-hit shutout despite not striking out a batter.
"We were really aggressive at the plate," Smith said. "I'm really proud of the way we played our defense and the way Jessie Rowe pitched."
Rowe and Rogers went pitch for pitch, at one point combining to retire 21 hitters in a row. Wayne's Kasey Endicott had a one-out infield single in the fifth inning to break Rogers' bid at a perfect game. After a sacrifice bunt and a walk, Rogers got out of the jam by inducing a fielder's choice groundout.
Hurricane created some breathing room in the sixth inning. Abi Osborne led off with an infield single, and one out later, went to second on an error. A second straight error loaded the bases, and Rogers drove in two with a single to right. Rogers nearly ran into the runner ahead of her, which wound up creating an inning-ending double play.
Wayne (7-3) also had two runners on in the sixth inning, after one-out singles by Jacey Parsons and Olivia Followay, but Rogers came back and got out of the jam with a foul popout and a flyout to shallow right field.
Tvwhe matchup between teams with three combined state titles the past two years lived up the building.
"We've tried to get together with them the past couple of years, but with the MSAC and the Cardinal Conference, we were both packed," Smith said. "I was tickled to death when Coach (Josh) Caldwell agreed to come out here because you see good competition. I think that's what we gave them tonight."
HURRICANE 010 002 0 -- 3 4 0
WAYNE 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2
Courtney Rogers and Katie Adams; Jessie Rowe and Emily Thompson
HITTING: (H) Maddie Hebb HR; Rogers 2 RBI.