CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The year was 2004 and the Cabell Midland-Hurricane high school baseball rivalry was in its relative infancy.
The Redskins sent hard-throwing right-hander Alex Wilson to the mound to try to stay alive in the Class AAA Region 4, Section 3 best-of-three series.
Even Wilson, who is a middle reliever for the Boston Red Sox, couldn't keep Cabell Midland from eliminating the Redskins.
The names have changed many times in the eight postseasons since, but the dominance has not as the teams square off at 6:30 p.m. today in the Class AAA Region 4 semifinals at Lola Meeks Memorial Field.
Since Brandon Halstead pitched Hurricane to a 5-0 regional victory over the Knights in 2002, Cabell Midland owns a 12-6 record in the sectionals and regionals combined against the Redskins, including a 4-1 record in sectional series.
Cabell Midland Coach Tracy Brumfield, who has a 10-5 postseason record against Hurricane since becoming head coach in 2004, said it doesn't have as much to do with the opponent.
"You have to come out and make the routine plays," Brumfield said. "Routine plays have beaten us or we lose because we don't make the routine play in the game. You have to win each game, each inning, each swing."
Most of the talk is centered on the 2007 season when the Knights swept the Redskins in their three meetings, handing Hurricane its only losses that year.
"The truth is, we never talk about that," Hurricane Coach Brian Sutphin said. "A lot of that stuff, again, without sounding like a broken record, none of that really pertains (to these kids). They don't put a lot of credence in that, and 2013 is nothing like 2012, it really isn't. Everybody's changed, every team's changed. It's certainly changed a lot over five years."
Sutphin, who is in his fifth season at Hurricane, and the Redskins (25-4) haven't lost back-to-back games this season, but in their quest for a third consecutive Mountain State Athletic Conference championship, they lost to Cabell Midland. In 2012, Hurricane defeated the Knights in the MSAC semifinals 9-5.
Hurricane's backbone has been seniors Riley Metz and Connor Adams, but it's the steady bats of the underclassmen that have set the Redskins apart.