HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Last season, Hurricane won its first Mountain State Athletic Conference Tournament championship since Brian Sutphin became head coach in 2009.
Thanks to the steadily improving bat of sophomore Alex "Ace" Estep, on Wednesday night the Redskins won their second.
Estep took a high fastball from Princeton relief pitcher Alex Quick and hit it over the left field wall at Lola Meeks Memorial Field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Redskins to an 8-7 victory in the MSAC title game.
"I wasn't expecting that one at all," said Estep, who was 8-for-10 in his last three games, including 5-for-6 in the MSAC Tournament. "I was looking for something in the zone and I got it. I put the bat on it and it just went."
The contest began at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, but was halted after the first inning because of lightning. It resumed at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Estep's first varsity home run finished three days of long ball in Hurricane where 10 homers were hit in four games. Princeton had six entering the tourney and hit four, Hurricane went from five to seven and St. Albans went from nine to 11.
The Tigers (20-7), who hit three during a 13-run third inning in the semifinals against St. Albans, scored seven runs in the first four innings vs. Hurricane (24-4).
Their final run was against reliever Drew Lawrence, but that would be it against the Hurricane ace.
Lawrence gave up one run to Cabell Midland in the semifinals before retiring the final 12 batters, with four of the last six coming on strikeouts.