"I thought our kids came to play,'' said Redskins coach Brian Sutphin. "They were in the moment. They were focused on their job. I'm a little bit in shock, to be honest with you. At the end of the day, we struck out more than we've struck out all year, and a lot of that has to do with [Kinker].''
Rogoszewski (6-2, 0.72 ERA), who held the best numbers on Hurricane's deep pitching staff, matched Kinker zero for zero on the scoreboard until his wide throw in the top of the eighth. Before that, Rogoszewksi excelled in the field, handling four assists and three putouts - including a nifty pair of 3-1 groundouts, working with first baseman Riley Metz, and started a sharp 1-6-3 double play on an attempted sacrifice bunt in the second.
Hurricane also caught two runners trying to swipe second and Rogoszewski's wide throw ended as the game's lone error for either team.
"Obviously he deserved a much better fate,'' Sutphin said of Rogoszewski. "When you're the home team and you throw seven zeroes up there . . . He's distraught. In his mind, he gave up the game-winning hit and gave up the throw that put the kid in scoring position but, shoot, he was excellent from Pitch 1.
"We didn't have many chances, but we had a couple and we didn't execute. They did. They got one crack at a runner in scoring position and they got a ball to fall and we didn't. Beahrs got the hit and that's exactly how we had him played - to push it to the right side. He put the ball in play and it falls 5 feet inside the line. And that's baseball.''
Hurricane managed just six baserunners all night - singles by Alexander Dunham in the third and Zach Pate to lead off the eighth and four hit batsmen by Kinker. Three times the Redskins got a man to second, but Kinker ended two of those innings with strikeouts and got a grounder to third on the other.
"It's two big rivals,'' Brumfield said, "and it's like this almost every year. They've got a heck of a team. It's not about who wanted it more or anything like that. It's just two great teams and we're lucky. We played solid. They did, too, but we got the break, and that was the biggest thing, getting that break.''
Sutphin felt like bigger things awaited his squad, which held the state's No. 1 ranking most of the season.
"It's just frustrating,'' he said, "because this was a fun group to coach. Not one guy in that lockerroom wanted it to end. They're hard workers and good teammates. There was no selfishness and there were no guys wanting to be the hero, you know?''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.