HURRICANE LOOKS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE
Defending Class AAA softball state champion Hurricane entered Tuesday with an undefeated 12-0 record as the Redskins are ranked No. 1 in the state. Hurricane last week survived a 9-8 win over Cabell Midland, scoring the winning run on a bases loaded wild-pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Redskins returned seven starters from last year’s state championship team, including reigning state payer of the year Courtney Rogers. Rogers posted a 21-3 record a year ago, with a 2.32 ERA and .492 batting average.
2014 Softball Schedule
|6||03/28/14 05:30PM||H||SPRING VALLEY||8||–||0||W|
|7||03/31/14 05:00PM||H||SOUTH CHARLESTON||10||–||4||W|
|8||04/01/14 05:30PM||A||LINCOLN COUNTY||8||–||2||W|
|9||04/02/14 05:30PM||A||SPRING VALLEY||13||–||5||W|
|13||04/10/14 05:30PM||H||CABELL MIDLAND||9||–||8||W|
|14||04/11/14 05:30PM||H||WOODROW WILSON||10||–||0||W|
|18||04/16/14 06:00PM||A||ST. ALBANS||–|
|19||04/17/14 05:00PM||A||BEST OF BEST||–|
|20||04/18/14 06:00PM||A||BEST OF BEST||–|
|21||04/19/14 10:00AM||A||BEST OF BEST||–|
|23||04/22/14 05:30PM||H||LINCOLN COUNTY||–|
|25||04/24/14 05:30PM||A||CABELL MIDLAND||–|
|26||04/25/14 06:00PM||H||ST. ALBANS||–|
|27||04/28/14 05:00PM||A||SOUTH CHARLESTON||–|
|wins: 12 lost: 0 ties: 0|
WAYNE GOES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT CLASS AA TITLE
The Pioneers have taken home the Class AA state championship for the last two seasons – they’re trying to become the first Class AA team to complete the three-peat since Sissonville did so from 2000-2002. Wayne entered the week with an 8-4 overall record and No. 1 ranking in the state.
One of those losses, however, came against Class AAA No. 1 Hurricane 3-0 in a showdown of pitchers as the Redskins’ Courtney Rogers faced off against Wayne’s Jessie Rowe. At one point, the two pitchers retired 21 hitters in a row. Wayne also owns an impressive 4-3 win over Class AA No. 2 Herbert Hoover from early in the season.
BUFFALO EYES FOUR-PEAT IN CLASS A
The Bison entered this season as the three-time defending Class A state champions. After an initial 1-5 start against several Class AAA and Class AA opponents, the Bison have rolled off three straight wins and entered Tuesday with a 4-5 record.
Chelsey Parkins and Ali Burdette are at the core of Buffalo’s veteran group this season – the pair combined for 31 wins in 2013. Buffalo won all three of its state tournament games last year by 1-0 scores.