"I feel like every game, every round it's less pressure,'' Caldwell said. "We've played looser as we've gone through. As you continue to win those big games you gain a lot of confidence.
"I think we've always been a confident group, but regardless the last couple of years we haven't been able to get past Lincoln County in the sectionals. We've just gained a different type of confidence.''
Hurricane's trademark has been its offensive firepower during the regular season, and it has bailed out the Redskins in the postseason. Hurricane has pounded out 48 hits, including six home runs, and scored 35 runs in its five tournament games.
Rogers has three round-trippers in the playoffs, including homers in three straight games leading up to the region final. Sophomore third baseman Emily Davis picked up the offense in the 2-0 win over SA in the region final, hammering a homer that turned Hurricane's 1-0 lead into a two-run cushion. Rogers also turned in one of her most dominant performances in the circle, firing a six-hit shutout against the Red Dragons.
That production has offset Hurricane's shaky fielding as the Redskins have committed 18 errors in the last five games, though they had none in the region final.
"We've [won in] a lot of different ways,'' said Caldwell. "We've won high-scoring games, low-scoring games and [Friday] night a tight one.''
Caldwell has pulled off quite a balancing act this season with the arrival of his first child.
"It's been busy,'' he said. "My wife is willing to watch the baby all evening and night and thankfully [the baby is] one that doesn't cry all the time.
"Sometimes it's tough, but it's not been too bad. She's only 7 weeks old, but she gets mad if we don't win. She'll be at the state tournament and be our good luck charm.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.