Hurricane's Maddie Hebb scores a run as St. Albans catcher Mariah Caudill loses the handle on the ball.
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- If the first matchup between Hurricane and St. Albans was a statement by the Redskins, consider Thursday night's rematch a reiteration.In eerily similar fashion, the Redskins rode a dominating start from pitcher Courtney Rogers and pounded out exactly 12 hits again en route to a 13-0 six-inning mercy-rule win in St. Albans.In the first game, a 9-0 five-inning win for Hurricane on April 9, Rogers had a two-run double in the first inning to get Hurricane off to a quick start. On Thursday, Rogers went ahead and put it over the wall for a two-out two-run homer in the first.Even though her team would provide plenty more offense, it was really all she needed.
"She had a great game," Hurricane coach Josh Caldwell said. "[She] threw the ball really well, kept them off balance and hit the ball well. Usually when she's pitching well it comes around with hitting well, and that was the case tonight."Rogers agreed that the early jolt of offense helped her relax on the mound."It was great and it got our hitting started and it went from there," Rogers said. "It's a lot easier because it's not as much pressure to get outs because we already have a lead."And get outs she did, striking out four and walking two while holding St. Albans to a pair of hits. Rogers only yielded three hits in the first matchup.
It was the big inning that hurt the Red Dragons as Hurricane struck for five runs in the second and six in the sixth.Red Dragons pitcher Ali Haynes was able to post zeroes in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, giving St. Albans a chance to battle back, but the offense never showed up."That's what happens when you fall behind batters," St. Albans coach Greg Garber said. "She started the game like that, then in the middle of the game actually worked out of some jams and started throwing well. Then she fell back into that pattern again in the sixth inning. I don't know of any pitcher from the major leagues down that can fall behind hitters and still be consistently effective."They beat us in every phase of the game tonight."Hurricane's Linzie Reynolds had a two-run homer as part of the sixth-inning outburst while No. 8 hitter Maddie Hebb doubled twice, driving in a run with each. Rogers finished 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs."We have confidence all throughout our order," Caldwell said. "If the top of the lineup isn't getting on, our middle and back of the order should get on. Throughout we're pretty solid. When we're all hitting, there's no easy outs in our lineup."Madi Marshall and Alyssa Bonham each singled for St. Albans.
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