"It's not just in the field that she's so good. It's at the plate, and she's a great teammate."
Still, as St. Albans senior ace Ali Haynes (27-4) prepares to face sophomore and fellow rise-ball fanatic Courtney Rogers (18-3) for the third time this season, defense will be the key for both teams, Caudill said. The Red Dragons were on top of their defensive game a week ago, when Haynes threw a five-hit shutout in beating Point Pleasant 6-0 in the Region 4 semifinals.
In a pair of shutouts of St. Albans in the regular season, Hurricane benefited from numerous unearned runs. The Redskins beat SA 9-0 on April 9 at home then beat the Dragons 13-0 in St. Albans on April 18.
Those lopsided wins could hinder Hurricane's mindset if the team isn't careful, Reynolds said.
"They're probably the most difficult team to play, besides the fact that we've beat them twice," Reynolds said. "They're going to come back wanting to murder us. We're going to have to play at 110 percent the whole entire game. This isn't going to be like Cabell Midland or the Lincoln County game, it's going to be 20 times harder."
Hurricane held on to beat Midland 6-5 in the regional semifinals last week, and pounded Lincoln County in the third game of a three-game series to win its section two weeks ago.
Caudill said she believes her team to be playing its best ball of the season at the right time.
"I think we honestly need to play exactly how we did at Point Pleasant. I think our defense stepped up a heck of a lot in that game," Caudill said. "Even if they hit a home run, we can't let that affect us. If we let it affect us, it'll turn into more runs.
"I think it's going to be a battle of the small things."
The winner of today's game will face either Wheeling Park (19-5) or top-ranked and defending Class AAA state champion John Marshall (30-3) in the first round of the State Tournament next Wednesday at Jackson Park in Vienna.
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