"I think it's huge. It's very important to have more than one who can throw," Caldwell said. "Last year we had a couple weeks where we had nine games. Both those girls won big games for us last year, and both have the capability to beat anybody.
"I've been in it the other way, too, where I've only had one. When you get later in the season or a girl gets hurt, it can be devastating."
The experience is not relegated to the circle. Sophomore second baseman Madison Casto impressed with her bat (.521, 23 RBI), her speed (21 stolen bases) and her glove, and could challenge George Washington shortstop Rachel Ward for the claim of being the area's best defensive infielder.
"She's worked extremely hard all year to get into better shape," Caldwell said of Casto. "In the MSAC championship we probably don't win the game without three or four plays she made, especially early in the game when it was close, that allowed us to get out to a little lead against St. Albans."
Sophomore Cassi Sargent returns at shortstop after hitting .414 with 11 doubles and 25 RBI. Rodgers plays first when not pitching, and Davis plays third when not in the circle. Senior Haley Byrd fills in for either as the situation dictates.
The Redskins lose just one starter from 2012, with former right fielder Allie Brown now on the basketball team at West Virginia Wesleyan. Senior center fielder Nicole Pierson (.448, 6 doubles, 23 RBI) and junior left fielder Addie Fullen (.393, 4 HR, 25 RBI) return to their starting positions from a year ago, as does senior catcher Linzie Reynolds (.431, 18 RBI).
Caldwell said the biggest key to his team being able to build on its precocious success is found in its collective work ethic.
"Everybody's been around kids who were stars and winners in little league or middle school. You've got to outwork them, even if its somebody you used to be better than," he said. "A lot of these kids want to play at the next level, so they know they've got to keep working to improve."
Hurricane opens the regular season at 6 p.m. on March 14 against Capital.
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