MORGANTOWN -- There\u2019s an unspoken bond in softball between a pitcher and catcher.\nThe best duos always have a sort of chemistry; they understand each game situation and how they to work together to overcome the challenges posed. For Clay-Battelle senior Caitlyn Kassay \u2014 one of the best Class A pitchers in the state \u2014 her second all season had been Rhonda Petrucci.\n\nWhen Pretucci went down with an injury during the sectional tournament, there was reason to worry it may disrupt the Cee-Bees\u2019 rhythm. After all, they had spent all season cultivating a system that opposing batters seemed unable to beat. Luckily for C-B, they had a secret weapon by the name of Rylee Burnette.\n\u201cI\u2019ve asked her to make adjustments all year and all she has done is respond beyond my expectations. I needed her to play shortstop, and she did a great job. I asked her to play the outfield, and she did that well. Now I\u2019ve asked her to go back to a position she hasn\u2019t played since middle school in catcher,\u201d C-B coach Butch Varner said.\nBurnette had previously spent time behind the plate with Kassay in the circle during their younger years, and has made the transition back into the role as easy on Kassay and her other teammates as possible. Despite the strong bond with Petrucci, Kassay admits that things feel rather natural with the current set-up.\n\u201c[Rhonda and I] had a bond, but as the season has went on, Rylee has slid back in and not missed a beat,\u201d Kassay said. \u201cShe caught for me when we were younger, and it feels like nothing has changed. She still knows how to keep me calm and keep the infield calm, and I think we\u2019re good to go.\u201d\nSwapping positions is nothing new for Burnette \u2014 she has spent recent stints at shortstop and in the outfield for the Cee-Bees \u2014 and she has found that the best attitude is to buy into what she is asked to do and trust it will work out for the best.\n\u201cFrom the beginning, my mentality has been to give it my best and the rest will hopefully come,\u201d Burnette said. \u201cI knew I had to do this. That\u2019s where my team needed me, and it\u2019s felt like I haven\u2019t missed a beat.\u201d\nC-B will play Greenbrier West at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the first round of the state tournament in Vienna. The Cee-Bees will look for big games from both Burnette and Kassay to lead the team to success.\n\u201cThey\u2019re just like every team down here. They have a good pitcher, a solid defense, and some good bats,\u201d Varner said. \u201cWhat it boils down to for all four of these teams is how good the pitcher does each day and how timely we can get hits.\u201d\nThe Cee-Bees will need Burnette and Kassay to control the tempo of play on the defensive end, while Burnette \u2014 as the lead-off batter \u2014 will be looked towards to spark the scoring at the plate.\n\u201cWhen she does good things and gets on base, it presents opportunities for RBI\u2019s down the line-up. She\u2019s been really solid in her baserunning, and she can do a lot of different things with her bat,\u201d Varner said. \u201cShe has good bat control, she can bunt, and she can drive one to the fence.\u201d\n\u201cWhen I go up to the plate I have to be thinking ahead and be ready for anything, but mostly I have to go up for confidence and hope the girls behind me follow suit. I know this week I\u2019m going to go give it all I have\u201d, Burnette added.\n\nMeanwhile, Kassay heads into the game focused on keeping her pitch count low and closing out batter down in the count - she feels if she can grab the advantage in both areas, she can control any batter she sees in Vienna.\n\n\u201cI have to really focus on being as efficient as I can. I need to keep the amount of pitches I throw and the amount of two-strike hits I give up really low, and we need to make the plays that are in front of us,\u201d she said.