HURRICANE, W.Va. - Early in the game, Hurricane couldn't quite stay out of its own way, but with Austin Hensley throwing darts on the mound, the Redskins eventually found their way.
Hensley went the distance, scattering six hits and striking out seven Thursday to lead the state-ranked Redskins to a 2-0 victory over Logan at Lola Meeks Memorial Field.
"He's a bulldog. He's a tough kid,'' Hurricane coach Brian Sutphin said of Hensley. "I thought he pitched in rhythm more tonight. He seemed to have command of all his pitches.''
Hurricane (5-1), the No. 2 team in the Gazette's Class AAA ratings, pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth inning, scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Trey Dawson and then a balk by Logan starter Johnny Morrison.
Those two runs, along with the superb effort by Hensley (2-1), made up for a bushel of earlier missed opportunities.
The Redskins had four hits and two walks in the first three innings and another runner reached on a Logan error, but each chance was frittered away and the game remained scoreless. In that stretch, Logan picked off a pair of baserunners, threw another out at the plate and Wildcats second baseman Trent Dalton dived to spear a hot grounder and record a forceout.
"I thought we ran ourselves out of a couple of innings,'' Sutphin said, "and we made a couple of boneheaded baserunning plays.
"I thought their kid [Morrison] threw well . . . and I just thought we didn't have a good approach at the plate. But I thought Austin threw well and we played good defense behind him. There's an awful lot of good things to take out of it, but there's an awful lot of improvement that needs to be made.''
Morrison probably deserved a better fate. He allowed two unearned runs in five innings, fanning five and walking three, and also made a fine defensive play in the fifth.
Hurricane also flashed a couple of defensive gems. Left fielder Alexander Dunham made a sliding catch to rob Dalton of extra bases in the third and first baseman Riley Metz leaped to snag Kyle Harvey's hot smash to lead off the seventh.
"My approach,'' Hensley said, "was to get ahead early, stay after them and let my defense make plays. They can hit the ball. You hear about Logan always having a good team, so I came ready to play.''