Hurricane's Sargent finished with a double, triple and two RBIs while Rogers went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Hebb also collected two hits, including a double, for the Redskins. Reynolds, Rogers, Sargent and sophomore Madi Casto were all-tournament selections.
Hurricane bashed its way to an 11-4 victory over Jefferson Wednesday behind freshman No. 9 hitter Amber Null's 2-for-3 effort with a double and three RBIs. In the first game earlier Wednesday, Null singled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as the Redskins won their first tournament game in school history with a 2-1 victory Park.
Pierson, Reynolds, Haley Byrd and fellow seniors Courtney Lindmark, Breanna Copley and Kirstyn Bess endured some tough times before the program began rolling.
"It was pretty rough,'' said Pierson. "It was bumpy at some points. We won games and lost games together. We knew we had to work hard in the offseason and get better. I think this year our team clicks better. We just really came together as a team. We just work well together.''
The Redskins (33-6), who ended the year on a six-game winning streak, won 30 games for the first time, played in their first regional and finished third in the state sportswriters' poll, which was their highest mark in school history.
Hurricane navigated a tough road just to reach states. The Redskins got past No. 4 Lincoln County in three games for their first sectional title in some time, edged No. 2 Cabell Midland 6-5 in the regional semifinal then downed No. 8 St. Albans 2-0 in the regional final, winning for the first time this season when scoring two or fewer runs.
"It's one of the best group of kids I've been around,'' Caldwell said. "All the teams here were really good, but I wouldn't trade a Lincoln County, Cabell Midland or St. Albans [for them].
"I felt like once we got through that sectional to me there wasn't that much pressure. It was a bit of confidence, the players knowing they could do it. When we got [to the state tournament] it just seemed like a business trip. [Our players] executed.''
No. 6 Park (22-7) turned in quite a run after falling to Hurricane in Wednesday's opening game. The Patriots faced elimination twice, beating No. 10 Ripley 8-3 Wednesday and unranked Jefferson 5-3 earlier Thursday.
"I'm proud of the girls,'' said Park coach Dee Davis. "Every girl gave effort. We weren't even supposed to be at states and here we are in the championship game. We gave it a good run. They gave it their best.''
Junior Carly Greer surrendered five runs (four earned) with one strikeout and one walk for Park. Freshman Colleen Tracy went 2 for 3. Greer, junior Ashleigh Sidon and sophomore Skylar Carrington were all-tournament picks.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or304-348-4811.