WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Cabell Midland wanted to make sure there were no leftovers from Monday's emotional eight-inning Class AAA Region 4 semifinal victory against Hurricane on Tuesday.
The Knights scored two runs in the first inning, starting a bizarre night of blunders and scoring in almost every way imaginable in a 15-7 Region 4 championship win over Winfield (13-16).
The victory sends the Knights to the State Tournament for the third time under Coach Tracy Brumfield and for the first time since the Knights fell to South Charleston in the 2006 title game.
Yes, the memory of ending Hurricane's season for the third time in the last four years was long gone for Brumfield's team, which will play in the state semifinals at approximately 7:30 p.m. May 31 against the winner of the Region 3 championship. That final, pitting Riverside and Beckley on the Flying Eagles' home field, was postponed on Wednesday and has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. today.
"The biggest thing I worried about is sitting and waiting to play," said Brumfield, who was doused by a cooler full of ice water shortly after the game. "I thought our kids came out loose, I thought at practice yesterday they were loose. They did what they were supposed to do."
Winfield's blunder-filled night assisted Midland's State-Tournament cause. The Generals had two errors in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
The Generals also walked eight batters and gave up runs on passed balls, wild pitches and even a balk.
"This is two straight years in the regional final, but we don't want that," Winfield Coach Will Isaacs said. "We want to win in the regional final and move on. Our expectations are that whoever is put in there to do the job would do it, and we didn't today in several instances."
The Knights (23-10) received a fielder's choice from their star player, Seth Kinker, for the game's first run. Kinker, however, didn't get a hit until his last at bat - a towering fly ball to left field that put him on second.
All told, Cabell Midland hammered out 11 hits and 15 runs with minimal offensive assistance from its No. 1 player.