Haynes scrambled and dove head-first to nab a first-inning pop-up by Timberwolves (1-3) third baseman Jade Spurlock, and Brooke Jackson's third-inning drive to the left-center field gap was impressively tracked down by Dragons center fielder Breanna Pauley for what amounted to another harmless out.
"She had to run so far just to get to that ball," Haynes said. "That was a great catch. After she made that, I have full confidence in our defense."
Spring Valley Coach Alison Webb said her team has remained consistently inconsistent early in the season.
"We haven't put together a game when we've had good pitching, good hitting and good fielding," Webb said. "We didn't hit well today, and we let (Haynes) do what she wanted. Until we get mean at the plate and go up there to attack, it's not going to get any better."
St. Albans Coach Greg Garber, who picked up his 498th career victory in the rout, said he thinks he has the right personnel for another successful season. The Red Dragons have not had a losing season since 1999.
"I'm pleased early on. Our goal's to improve every game, and we have really high expectations around here, and I think that's why we've been so successful," Garber said. "If we want to win another state championship, the young people have to make contributions. Today, I'm pleased with the new people."
Caudill, who like Haynes is starting for her fourth and final season, said there is an adjustment to be made for players stepping into new roles.
"The younger girls have taken real well to coach's style, which is tough because I know it's a lot different in middle school," Caudill said. "I think we did well today."
McCown was 2-for-2 with a two-run triple which got the Red Dragons on the board in the first inning and gave Haynes all the run support she needed.
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