So while home runs were out of the question, batters had the advantage of baffled outfielders. Perhaps Estep's triple was the best illustration, as the wind kept steering the fly ball to the right-center field gap.
"It started out in center, and our center fielder [Fields] is over in right-center," said Winfield coach Will Isaacs. "That's not to take anything away from his hit, and that's not to say our center fielder would have caught it anyway. But both teams had to play in those conditions, and we're by the river. We practice in them, so those aren't excuses."
Winfield (2-2) scored in the opening frame on Jordan Clark's double and Josh Bumgarner's RBI single. Hurricane (3-1) tied it in the second on an Alex Dunham sacrifice fly and took the lead when Connor Adams singled, stole second, advance to third on a wild pitch and scored on a double play.
The Generals tied it in the fourth when Tanner Bailey reached on an infield error, moved to second on a Derek Whiteside single, went to third on a walk and scored on a Brandon Wright fielder's choice.
But there could have been more. In the second, Hensley faced runners on second and third with none out, struck two out and coaxed a force-out with the bases loaded. In the fourth, he escaped a bases-loaded jam with just one run allowed.
Isaacs wasn't down on his team's performance. After all, it's still March and the opponent is better than average.
"The only disappointment is that we lost on the scoreboard," Isaacs said. "We played hard, we played well, we battled at the plate. They're a good team, and Mason's going to face a lot of good teams. And he didn't pitch poorly."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or at twitter.com/dougsmock.