HURRICANE, W.Va. - The Cabell Midland curse kicked in again.
The Knights, who have traditionally frustrated Hurricane in nearly every sport in recent years, did it one more time Tuesday night in unconventional fashion.
Midland bunched three of its four hits and all of its runs into the top of the fifth inning, earning a 4-2 victory in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game at Lola Meeks Memorial Field.
In the consolation game, Huntington outslugged Spring Valley 16-14.
Midland's win prevented top-ranked Hurricane (21-4) from capturing its third straight MSAC baseball title. The last time that happened was when Ripley took five straight Gold Division crowns during the MSAC's infancy (1994-98). Previously, the league was split into the Blue (larger schools) and Gold (smaller schools) divisions.
The Knights (16-10) were no-hit through three innings by Redskins starter Connor Adams and had only a scratch infield single to their credit through four. But Cole Tilley and Seth Kinker each delivered two-run singles during the fifth-inning uprising and Midland's pitching made it stand up.
Derek Adkins and Kinker combined to hold the Skins to a pair of singles.
"[Adams] threw the ball real well,'' said Midland coach Tracy Brumfield, "and we told them to take the ball where it's at - work it middle away. Adams throws the heck out of the ball [but] Tilley got a big hit against a guy who throws it like he does and Kinker came through with a big hit up the middle.
"Our pitching was . . . to give up two hits to this team with the lineup they've got - we know it was going to be a low-scoring game, and our kids stepped up and played.''