HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A home run from Tate Brock and another solid performance by pitcher Austin Hensley has put the Hurricane baseball team in line for another Mountain State Athletic Conference title.
The Redskins scored three runs in the second inning toward a 5-2 victory over Spring Valley (10-12) in the MSAC semifinals at Lola Meeks Memorial Field on Monday night.
The victory sends the Redskins (21-3) into tonight's tournament title game against Cabell Midland at 7 p.m.
Hurricane is seeking its third consecutive league crown.
The Redskins are doing it on a roll, winning eight straight games, not losing since a 7-6 loss to Parkersburg South on April 13.
Hensley was the mark of efficiency, throwing only 84 pitches in a complete-game performance.
He sat down the side in order in the first and seventh innings, needing only five pitches to wrap up the victory in the seventh.
Offensively, Brock, the Redskins' sophomore cleanup hitter, hit a solo homer in the second and doubles in the third.
Also, Hurricane's Nos. 7, 8 and 9 hitters were 4-for-9 with a double and an RBI.
Zach Pate, at No. 9, was 2-for-3.
"We're all starting to peak," said Brock, who is batting .394 and is tied for second on the team in RBI with 17. "It's good to know if the top of your lineup's not hitting very well, the bottom of the lineup's going to come through."
Spring Valley's Kaleb Frye and Billy Evans combined for four hits and two RBI.
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