Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOFTBALL ; Adams Leads Hurricane Past SC in KV Showdown

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SOFTBALL ; Adams Leads Hurricane Past SC in KV Showdown

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There was more than just a chill in the air at South Charleston on Friday - there was also the distinct feeling of a postseason softball game a few weeks ahead of time. As the only player on the field with short sleeves on, Hurricane pitcher Katie Adams felt both things equally but was able to use her cold left arm and red-hot bat to help push Hurricane past the Black Eagles in a battle of the Kanawha Valley's top two Class AAA teams.

Adams struck out eight, walked one and launched a two-run, opposite-field home run in the third inning to give the Redskins (15- 2) the lead for good as Hurricane handed South Charleston (10-1) its first loss of the season 5-3.

"It's a thing, I don't do it, Adams said of not wearing sleeves even in windy, mid-40-degree weather. "It was hail yesterday and I just can't do it. My arm don't like it. My fingertips don't like me for it, they're about to fall off, but it's OK.

While her choice of uniform was characteristic, her opposite- field shot in the third wasn't. But the blast broke a 1-1 tie and helped propel the defending state champions forward against South Charleston's own tough pitcher, Amanda McDonald.

"[Hurricane coach] Josh [Caldwell] always makes fun of me because I can't hit the ball opposite field, Adams said. "I showed him tonight.

A couple of Hurricane freshmen also played a big factor in the win, starting with a solo home run from Caiti Mathes in the first inning to give the Redskins an early lead. It was the eighth home run of the season already for Mathes, who has been on absolute tear since beginning her prep career this season. Both Mathes' and Adams' home runs came on two-strike counts.

The Black Eagles were able to answer Adams' two-run homer with a run of their own in the bottom of the third as Kiersten Landers reached on a bunt single and scored on an error to cut the lead to 3- 2.

Hurricane freshman catcher Zoey Dunlap then stepped up in the top of the fourth and came up with a huge at-bat, doubling down the left- field line to score Maddie Hebb, who'd walked to lead off the inning. …

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