Haynes fired a five-hit shutout and belted a three-run homer in a 6-0 win at Point Pleasant in the region semis that extended the Red Dragons' winning streak to nine last week.
Senior Bekah Baldwin set the tone against the Huskies as she has done all year with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and the Indians never looked back in taking their fifth win in a row. Sissonville has grown up quite a bit since putting six freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup.
"That's what I keep telling my girls, it's hard for a team to beat another team three times in a row,'' said Sissonville coach Nikki Gross, whose team hasn't made it this far since winning the state title in 2002. "It's going to be a tough game.''
"All I know is they've got an all-state catcher, a good leadoff hitter, a good pitcher and they hit the ball well,'' said Bison coach Darrell Moore, who guided Buffalo to state titles in 2002 and 2004. "They have all the ingredients to make a good team. I'm expecting them to come in here full throttle on us.''
Buffalo rolled to a 13-4 win at Wahama in the regional semis for its 18th straight win, yielding its first runs of the postseason against the White Falcons. The Bison haven't lost to a Class A team since dropping an 11-9 decision at Wheeling Central on March 30.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.