"We had two outs and nobody on,'' added Hurricane coach Josh Caldwell, whose team committed six errors. "You can't give up any runs with two outs. We kind of let up after that. We've got to regroup. It's not indicative of the way we normally play. If we do that against anybody we'll lose.''
Meanwhile, Shull kept the Redskins off balance, limiting them to four hits. Her only mistake was deposited well over the center-field fence by Hurricane cleanup hitter Courtney Rogers, her third round-tripper in as many days.
"A lot of my pitches were working,'' said Shull. "The energy helped a lot coming out with that big lead. I just had a lot of movement and keeping the ball low, that helped, and keeping them on their toes. It's kind of a rival. It feels really good to come out here and beat them.''
Shull worked out of trouble in the second when the Redskins loaded the bases with one out, retiring the next hitter on a lineout to shortstop and then fanning No. 9 batter Amber Null to end the threat. Hurricane put runners on first and second with two outs in the fourth but Shull caught Hurricane leadoff hitter Madison Casto's liner up the middle to end the inning.
"Kyla did a great job,'' said Jeanne Lunsford. "I'm very proud of her. Our pitching has been in and out all year long. With the wind blowing out this could have been a 25-20 game. [Hurricane is] such a great hitting team. She had to work on some of her movement. She's letting the ball move instead of being a power pitcher.''
Rogers, who allowed four hits and whiffed 10 in a 5-1 win over No. 4 South Charleston in Tuesday's MSAC semifinals, didn't make it out of the first Wednesday. She was pulled after two-thirds of an inning and charged with eight runs (six earned) on eight hits.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.