ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- If the first matchup between Hurricane and St. Albans was a statement by the Redskins, consider Thursday night's rematch a reiteration.
In eerily similar fashion, the Redskins rode a dominating start from pitcher Courtney Rogers and pounded out exactly 12 hits again en route to a 13-0 six-inning mercy-rule win in St. Albans.
In the first game, a 9-0 five-inning win for Hurricane on April 9, Rogers had a two-run double in the first inning to get Hurricane off to a quick start. On Thursday, Rogers went ahead and put it over the wall for a two-out two-run homer in the first.
Even though her team would provide plenty more offense, it was really all she needed.
"She had a great game," Hurricane coach Josh Caldwell said. "[She] threw the ball really well, kept them off balance and hit the ball well. Usually when she's pitching well it comes around with hitting well, and that was the case tonight."
Rogers agreed that the early jolt of offense helped her relax on the mound.
"It was great and it got our hitting started and it went from there," Rogers said. "It's a lot easier because it's not as much pressure to get outs because we already have a lead."
And get outs she did, striking out four and walking two while holding St. Albans to a pair of hits. Rogers only yielded three hits in the first matchup.