VIENNA, W.Va. -- Keep chipping away, and sooner or later you're likely to hit a vein.
The mother lode is typically found a little sooner when the digging is accompanied by an explosive of some sort.
Hurricane junior Addie Fullen went 3-for-4 Wednesday evening with a double and an RBI, leading the Redskins into their first Class AAA softball state championship game with an 11-4 win over Jefferson (20-9) in the winner's bracket of the State Tournament at Jackson Park.
Though Fullen's double came as part of a five-run third inning that blew the game open, it was a play the All-Kanawha Valley outfielder made on defense that served as Hurricane's truest blast of the day.
With the Redskins leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Jefferson shortstop Lauren Lewis tried to score from second on a single to left by clean-up hitter Jenna Witt. Fullen fielded the ball on one hop, then fired a strike to catcher Linzie Reynolds, who retired the Concord College-bound Lewis by a step at home plate, ending the inning.
"At first I saw it and I thought it was too high. It looked like a rainbow, and I thought (Reynolds) wasn't going to get it," Fullen said of the assist. "I haven't had one of those all year. It was a great feeling."
As so often is the case, a highlight-reel defensive play kick-started the Hurricane (32-6) offense, which had been held to five hits in the team's 2-1, tournament-opening win against Wheeling Park on Wednesday morning.
Hurricane added a run in the second, and then Fullen added her double in the third, which was followed by a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Amber Null. By the time Jefferson got on the board, the Cougars were in a seven-run hole.