"I threw a lot of curveballs inside to kind of check them up and make them ground out. My defense worked really well and I was proud of them. We have to have a lot of confidence.''
The Panthers took the lead for good in the top of the fifth as Morgan Hutchison led off with a single and scored when Pierson dropped a routine fly ball with none out for a 5-4 advantage. Amy Parsons' run-scoring groundout put Lincoln County ahead 6-4. Hutchison added a two-out, infield RBI single in the top of the sixth as the Panthers went up 7-4.
Hurricane committed five errors, which led to four unearned runs.
"We were sloppy,'' said Redskins coach Josh Caldwell. "We made mistakes we hadn't made all year. We can't make those tomorrow and expect to win. I don't think we've lost back-to-back games all year, so that's a good thing. We should be fine.''
Hutchison finished 3 for 3 with a solo round-tripper, two RBIs and two runs scored from the leadoff position while Parsons tripled and knocked in two runs. Lincoln County's Brandi Isaacs singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Faith Huffman doubled.
Addie Fullen doubled in a run for Hurricane while Emily Davis laced an RBI single.
"It's like a heavyweight bout,'' Hoover said. "They knocked us out once and we knocked them out. Let's go again.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.