"We came out and hit the ball this game like we're capable of, so that's much better (than the opener)," Hurricane Coach Josh Caldwell said. "We had a few big innings, and I think that takes the pressure when you get out to a lead like that."
It didn't end the game, however. Jefferson took advantage a pair of walks issued by Redskins starting pitcher Courtney Rogers with two outs in the fourth, and Caldwell switched pitchers, giving sophomore Emily Davis a chance to pick up the win in relief. Davis took a few batters to settle in to her new role after playing third base for a game-and-a-half, giving up singles to Lewis and Brittney Jackson that cut Hurricane's lead to 7-4.
Once Davis began the fifth inning in the circle, however, most of the lightning had left Jefferson's bats.
The Cougars scattered four hits across the last three innings, but never really threatened to score again.
Hurricane benefited considerably from the eight errors made by the Jefferson defense in the game. The Redskins scored just two earned runs, though they finished with 16 hits.
"It's huge. Whenever they make errors you have to take every advantage of it you can, especially in games as big as these," said Hurricane's Nicole Pierson, who was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. "We've been working on base-running in practice non-stop, and we've been able to take advantage when the opportunity presents itself."
The opportunity given the Redskins now is the ability to sit and watch the loser's bracket final before playing a game today. Wheeling Park eliminated Ripley 8-3 early Wednesday evening, and will play Jefferson at 9:30 a.m. today. The winner faces Hurricane for the state championship at 2 p.m., and must beat the Redskins twice in order to keep it from them.
Conact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.tay...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter @ItsreallyDT.