"We just knew we had to make up for the errors,'' said Davis. "In the first when we got down, we got upset, then we picked each other up and we were able to get through it. Everybody always come through when we need them.''
"We just started too late,'' said Midland coach Jeanne Lunsford. "Courtney adjusted to our weaknesses. She just didn't keep throwing the same thing. Her pitches were working well and jamming us. We just couldn't get good, solid hits.''
Midland scored three unearned runs in the first courtesy of two Hurricane errors to seize the momentum. That was reminiscent of the last meeting in the MSAC title game, when the Knights plated eight runs in the top of the first behind 10 straight two-out hits.
Rogers' solo home run, her 11th of the season, in the bottom of the second brought the Redskins to life as they plated six runs on eight hits in the second and third combined for a 6-3 advantage.
After Rogers' blast, freshman Amber Null, the No. 9 hitter, added a fielder's choice RBI as the Redskins closed within 3-2. Then in the third, No. 7 batter Davis, a sophomore, had a clutch two-out two-run single to give Hurricane the lead for good at 4-3 and Hebb, the freshman No. 8 hitter, added a two-run double to go ahead 6-3. Hurricane's last three hitters in the lineup went a combined 4 for 9 with a double and five RBIs.
"Whenever runners were on base, we all came through,'' said Rogers.
Davis finished 2 for 3 with a run and two RBIs and Pierson rapped out three hits and Rogers added two. Rogers scattered 10 hits, allowing five runs (two earned).
The Redskins knocked out Knights starter Kyla Shull, who held Hurricane in check during the MSAC title game, in the third inning. Shull surrendered six earned runs on seven hits. Midland reliever Jenny Marsh gave her team a lift, keeping the Redskins scoreless over the last 31/3 innings and allowing just four hits.
Morgan Zerkle, Midland's leadoff hitter, went 3 for 3 while Kaplan also pounded out three hits, including a triple, and knocked in a run and Colliflower legged out two hits with an RBI. The Knights' Morgan Kelley also produced a run.
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