Hurricane collects seventh consecutive win, 14-4 over Spring Valley

HURRICANE, W.Va. — With the start of sectional play less than two weeks away, No. 8 Hurricane appears to be rounding into form. The Redskins (15-7) collected their seventh consecutive victory in dominating fashion, defeating Spring Valley 14-4 in five innings.

Hurricane collected 16 hits in their four innings at the plate and each player in the starting lineup had at least one base hit or drove in a run.

“They were definitely aggressive,” said Hurricane head coach Brian Sutphin. “Their guys were throwing strikes. It was nice to see some really aggressive swings early in the count and good base running and taking advantage of opportunities.”

The Redskins sent ten batters to the plate in a six-run first inning. Tyler Baxter’s grand slam put Hurricane up 5-0 before a single batter was retired.

“He squared it up. There were a lot of good swings that inning, for sure in the bottom of the first. He hit a couple balls hard through the middle and a couple balls the other way. That was good to see.”

Trailing 7-0 in the fourth inning, Spring Valley got on the scoreboard for the first time with a three-run home run from Sam Booth. However, the Redskins scored seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Braden Sloan, Deuce McClain, Weston Smith, Baxter, Blake Bradley and Wesley Sutton all had two hits for the Redskins.

Hurricane Starting pitcher Jayden Lester allowed three runs in four innings of work. He led the Redskins with three hits.

“Overall, I love the way he competed. It will set him up good for next week.”

Hurricane and No. 7 St. Albans own the longest winning streaks in Class AAA with seven-game runs.

“Early on, guys just hadn’t played together that much. We get off to a 3-0 start and then we played some good teams that pitched good ball games. We were right in a lot of games and looking back, I am sure the guys feel like they should have won those ball games. But tip your hat to those teams. They played well at those times.

“Since then, we have really picked it up. Hopefully the best is yet to come down the stretch. This is the best time to be playing good baseball.”

No. 4 Spring Valley (16-6) received multi-hit games from Grant Stratton and Garrett Wagoner.

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