A night removed from a two-run loss at Ripley, the Hurricane softball team reversed all ill aspects from its game to win Thursday at St. Albans in six innings, 13-0.
Redskins Coach Josh Caldwell said Hurricane struggled this week, but displayed no such signs of slumping play with its resounding defeat of one of the region's perennial powers.
"We're especially happy," Caldwell said of the improvement and victory. "The last couple nights we haven't played (well) at all, we haven't played our best at all, so I kind of challenged them today and last night to come out.
"We stepped up tonight and we played a lot better than we have the last three or four nights."
Sophomore pitcher Courtney Rogers led the Redskins (21-4) in the circle and at the plate.
Rogers struck out four and threw six shutout innings, her second shutout this season versus St. Albans (19-4). Rogers previously earned the win in a 9-0 victory against the Red Dragons on April 9.
At the plate, Rogers finished 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and two-run double.
Rogers said Thursday's victory was particularly pleasing given the Redskins 12-2 loss last season to the Red Dragons.
"It means everything," she said. "It's great, because since they beat us last year badly it's great to beat them twice this year."
With the win, Hurricane has not allowed a run against St. Albans in 18 consecutive innings played.
Caldwell said he's impressed with the team's ability to not shy from the challenge of such a formidable foe.
"This is the first time we've got a win here and we've played up both times we've played them," he said, "so it's a good thing, for sure, to come down here and get a win."
Every Hurricane hitter played a hand in the victory, too, with each starter contributing a hit or run scored.