Hurricane mercies Midland
ONA -- As the saying goes, it's hard to beat one team three times in one season.
Someone forgot to recite that to Hurricane prior to their Thursday night softball contest with Cabell Midland.
After a pair of close wins over their rivals earlier in the season, the Redskins exploded for four home runs -- two by Courtney Rogers -- in a 13-1 mercy-rule shortened win over Cabell Midland in a battle of two of Class AAA's best teams.
"Hitting the way we did those first couple of innings, that helps relieve any type of pressure," Hurricane coach Josh Caldwell said. "Obviously, that's a great team over there, but we jumped on them pretty early."
Rogers, the reigning state player of the year, got the contest off to an emphatic start for the Redskins, blasting a three-run homer to open the scoring in a five-run first inning before Amber Null matched her in the next at-bat for back-to-back home runs.
The Redskins sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning and took a 5-0 lead before ever sending pitcher Emily Davis to the circle.
Rogers' day wasn't done at the plate as she extended the lead in the second inning with a line drive shot to left-field that just got over the outstretched glove of Cabell Midland's Mandi King.
With the ease that Rogers is swinging the bat this year, it seems as though she knows exactly whether the ball is gone off of contact.
Well, most of the time at least.
"That second one I hit, not so much," Rogers said with a smile. "I didn't think it was (gone). Other than that, pretty much, yeah."
Regardless of whether she "felt" it or not on the swing, the home run continued an alarming rate of run-production for Rogers. She has six home runs in the last week and now has 15 home runs and 70 RBIs for the season.
Part of Rogers' success has been the consistency of her teammates to swing the bat well and put runners on base to keep the opposition from pitching around her.
As a team, the Redskins pounded 14 hits in four innings against the Knights with four of the hits being home runs.
In addition to Rogers' pair and Null's shot, Addie Fullen jump started a seven-run fourth inning with a two-run homer.
Rogers said her team gets a little bit extra motivation any time that they meet Cabell Midland, which is just six miles down the road and one of several contenders looking to knock off Hurricane in Class AAA's Region IV.
"We just always know that Midland is always up there as one of the best teams in the state and we are also up there," Rogers said. "We just always want to beat them, but we want to beat everybody."
For Cabell Midland, Jordan Colliflower finished with two of the team's four hits while scoring the team's lone run in the third inning.
HURRICANE 510 7 -- 13 14 1
CABELL MIDLAND 001 0 -- 1 4 2
Davis and Adams. Tolbert, Shull (1), Maynard (4) and Koontz.
Hitting: (H) Rogers 2-2, 2-HR, 4 RBIs; Casto 4-4, 3 RBIs; Sargent RBI; Fullen HR, 2 RBIs; Null 2-3, HR, RBI; Hebb 2-3, 2 RBIs; Adams 2B. (CM) Colliflower 2-2.
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