SA (28-4) starts two freshmen and one sophomore who have grown into their roles to complement the senior duo of pitcher Ali Haynes and catcher Mariah Caudill.
Haynes fired a five-hit shutout and belted a three-run homer in a 6-0 win at Point Pleasant in the region semis that extended the Redskins' winning streak to nine games. Haynes has two round-trippers with nine RBIs in the last four games, while Caudill is 8 for 11 with two doubles, a homer and six RBIs.
The Red Dragons had failed to advance past the semis since winning it all in 2010.
"I'm just thrilled with this team with only two seniors,'' said SA coach Greg Garber, who won his 500th game this season. "They've exceeded my expectations. We weren't doing the little things that it takes to win games. It seems this team is willing to do whatever they need to do to win.''
The Indians (17-12) are even younger, starting six freshmen. Sissonville pounded No. 2 Herbert Hoover 7-3 last week, beating the Huskies for the first time in three attempts this season. Hoover was No. 1 most of the season until the final week of the poll.
Sissonville also overcame adversity to advance this far for the first time since 2002 as coach Nikki Gross was suspended by her principal for playing a game the day before the regional semis after the players had testing.
"It seems like it's the freshmen that's pulling the team together,'' said Gross. "They're very confident. When we first started the season, I could see big things happening for us, then we started having some ups and downs. It seems like that has just pushed them to play harder each game. They were upset I wasn't at the game and it seemed like it made them mad, so they played harder.''
Sissonville has dropped both of its matchups with Wayne by scores of 9-0 and 5-1.
Buffalo rolled to a 13-4 win at Wahama in the regional semis behind freshman catcher Amanda Christy, who went 3 for 3 with five RBIs. The Bison (30-4) have won 17 in a row and yielded their first runs of the postseason against the White Falcons. Buffalo hasn't faced Doddridge this year.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.