VIENNA, W.Va. -- For the Hurricane High School softball team, Thursday was a case of another day, another cast member.
Only this time, the payoff for the Redskins' ensemble of sluggers was better than any before in the school's history.
Sophomore shortstop Cassi Sargent went 2-for-4 with a triple, a double and two RBI against Wheeling Park (22-7) in the Class AAA state championship game, leading Hurricane to its first state championship in the sport in a 5-0 win.
"Everybody can hit the ball no matter who it is. Everybody on this team," Sargent said. "No matter who has the great game, 1 through 9 we can hit the ball no matter what."
Sargent went 1-for-6 in the Redskins' opening-round wins at Jackson Park on Wednesday, while teammates such as Addie Fullen, Amber Null and Nicole Pierson shouldered most of the burden of production.
On Thursday, with a title on the line, it was the heart of the Redskins' lineup that shined. Sargent, the No. 3 batter in the order, followed Pierson's two-out single in the bottom of the third with a check-swing that resulted in a triple, as the ball rolled into the right-field corner.
Pierson - hell-bent for home - even shoved the home plate umpire out of the baseline he was blocking as she came around to score what proved to be the game's winning run.
Sophomore pitcher Courtney Rogers followed Sargent to the plate and smacked a run-scoring single to left field, giving her more than enough run production to keep Park at bay.
Hurricane (33-6) built a 4-0 lead in the fifth. Leadoff hitter Madison Casto reached on a throwing error by Park third baseman Kelsi Johnson, which put Casto in scoring position for Pierson to sacrifice her over to third. With one out, Sargent again ripped an extra-base hit, this time a double to left-center field.
Again, Rogers followed with her own hit off Patriots starter Carly Greer, who had pitched three innings in Wheeling Park's loser's bracket final win over Jefferson earlier Thursday morning.
The insurance runs came after Hurricane's biggest defensive stand of the game, and proved to be the straw that broke the Patriots' back.
In the top of the fifth, Patriot designated player Colleen Tracy led off with a single and advanced to second when Fullen overthrew Casto at second. Morgan Karnell's sacrifice gave Park a runner on third with one out still down just a pair of runs.
However, Kelly Albers' fly ball to center was caught on the run by a charging Pierson, and was too shallow to allow Tracy to tag. Skylar Carrington followed Albers to the plate, and the No. 9 hitter in Park's lineup went down on strikes to end the inning.