Sometimes, success can be as hard to shake as bad luck.
Zach Mullins blasted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning Saturday and Cody Bowen added a tiebreaking single moments later as Herbert Hoover rallied for a 7-6 prep baseball victory against South Charleston in the drizzle at Appalachian Power Park.
It marked the 10th victory in 11 games for the Huskies (17-4), the No. 1 team in the Gazette's Class AA state rankings, and was the seventh loss in a row for the Black Eagles (6-20), three of those coming by a single run.
South Charleston led 6-0 after four innings, but Hoover got back into it by plating five runs in the top of the fifth, including the final two on a fielding error with two out. That set up the final act of the Huskies' comeback in the seventh.
"That's one thing we've been driving at them all year,'' said Hoover coach Brian Young, "to stay in ballgames regardless of what the score is, regardless of how bad we've played. You've got to come focused and finish the ballgame. They're getting better at that all year.''
Hoover paved its own demise early with several of what would become six errors, and SC scored two runs in the third on a wild pitch.
"Early on, I think that's the worst I've ever seen us play,'' Young said, "but they didn't hang their heads. They stuck with it and battled back and won the ballgame.
"We had the jitters this morning. We were out in front swinging there at the plate. We're young - got a lot of kids out there who are sophomores. To come down here and play, it's big time for them, so they were really excited.''
Mullins tied the score with one out in the seventh when he smoked what looked like a line drive toward the gap in right-center field.
But instead of hitting off the fence, the ball cleared it for a 6-all game.
"I wasn't really expecting it to be a home run,'' Mullins said. "Then it just kept carrying, and I heard it hit the bleachers out there and I said, 'Well, I guess it's a home run.' I just got excited and kept running around the bases.''