It wasn't easy for Hurricane against St. Albans in the Regional final, as the Redskins had to survive not only the Red Dragons but also more than a two-and-a-half-hour lightning delay.
Fittingly, it was Pierson and Reynolds that helped Hurricane survive.
In the fifth inning of a scoreless game, sophomore leadoff hitter Madison Casto reached on an error, and Pierson sacrificed her to scoring position at second base. A wild pitch got Casto to third with two outs before the lightning struck, causing the delay.
After nearly three hours, Courtney Rogers drew her third walk of the game, setting up Reynolds, who singled to left field for what proved to be the game-winning run.
"Knowing my team needed me and I was able to deliver in the clutch to help them, it is the best feeling anyone could ever have," Reynolds said. "I was so excited. It means everything."
Pierson will continue playing softball at Shenandoah University (Va.). She signed last Friday, the same day Hurricane advanced.
"Nicole has been great in center field and is one of our great leaders," Caldwell said. "She has been huge for our program. I'm really proud of her, and she will be a huge asset to that program (Shenandoah). That's great."
The fifth-year coach didn't mince words about the benefits Reynolds has given the program.
"There is not a better catcher in the state than Linzie. There are some great ones, too. She is fantastic and has been huge. Linzie has hit the ball fantastic all year, is clutch, and is a great defender. She is huge for our team and program," Caldwell said
Reynolds said she could choose no better way to end her prep career than making a trip to Vienna.
"It is the best feeling in the world, especially for me and Nicole," Reynolds said. "We are four-year starters and have worked our butts off. We are childhood friends. To be able to be on the field together and go this far, it is amazing. It means the world."
Contact sportswriter Christopher Wade at chris.w...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1735.