ONA, W.Va. -- Hurricane has waited close to two decades for a Mountain State Athletic Conference softball championship, two more days certainly won't destroy the program.
The Redskins (23-5) led St. Albans (21-3) 8-1 in the middle of the sixth inning Wednesday night when the MSAC title game was suspended due to rain at Cabell Midland High School.
The teams play Saturday in a mutual regular-season finale at Hurricane. The MSAC title game will reconvene at 2 p.m., prior to the previously scheduled finale. St. Albans' junior Mariah Caudill will lead off the inning.
The teams played through steady rain after the second inning Wednesday. After the Redskins tacked on two runs to their lead in the top of the sixth, St. Albans Coach Greg Garber approached the game's umpiring crew regarding the footing in the pitcher's circle.
After Garber and the game crew conferred with Hurricane Coach Josh Caldwell, the game was called at approximately 10 p.m.
Hurricane began the game much the way it attacked Cabell Midland in the semifinals Tuesday night. Madison Casto led off with a single and gave her team a 1-0 lead on a single by fellow freshman Courtney Rogers.
St. Albans also found itself repeating trends that stemmed from their semifinal game, but in a negative way. The Red Dragons committed three errors in the fourth inning, when Hurricane added four runs - all unearned - to their lead.
Hurricane pounded out 11 hits against St. Albans All-State junior pitcher Ali Haynes before the game was called. Meanwhile, SA's recent plate struggles continued against Hurricane freshman pitcher Emily Davis. Kasey Hickman singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the second inning, but SA has five hits through five innings, all singles.
In their last three games the Red Dragons have just 13 hits.
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