Casto scored from first base when Martin threw the ball over Snowden's head and to the backstop for a 5-2 edge.
"We're proud of them,'' said Hurricane coach Josh Caldwell. "We felt like when [South Charleston's] Alli [Burdette] hit that home run in the first inning [for a 2-1 lead] they kind of got deflated. There in the sixth and seventh innings, we kind of came back to life and did what we needed to do and found a way to score at the end.''
Casto's run proved crucial as SC designated hitter Aaliyah Phillips, who was hitting ninth, smashed a one-out, two-run home run to center field to cut the deficit to one run (5-4) in the bottom of the seventh. Hurricane pitcher Courtney Rogers buckled down and forced Black Eagles leadoff batter Amanda McDowell to ground out and Kaylee Stanley to fly out. On Stanley's short fly, Fullen made a diving catch to end the threat.
Hurricane's Rogers allowed four earned runs on seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. She held SC scoreless from the second through the sixth inning. Sophomore Cassi Sargent drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt in the top of the first as the Redskins went in front 1-0.
It was a tough loss for Burdette, who gave up just four hits, two earned runs and fanned 16. She retired 12 straight hitters from the second through the sixth inning.
"We were in position to be out of the [seventh] inning and we just didn't make the play,'' said SC coach Bobby Catlett, who was missing two starters because of injuries and played five freshmen. "That right there is one of the best teams in the state, no doubt in my mind. We had them on the ropes pretty much all day and just didn't finish it.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.