Herbert Hoover coach Brian Young said Clayton Edens has become the team's de facto closer this season.
On Monday, Edens took his act to both halves of the eighth inning.
The senior came off the bench and sat Sissonville down in order in the top of the eighth, then laced a single to right field in the bottom to score Tristan Fields as the host Huskies claimed the first game of Class AA Region 4 Section 1, 4-3.
"I haven't felt that good all season to be honest," Edens said. "That was a good feeling running in from second base after that hit. That started us off on the right foot. We're going to roll off of that from here."
The extra-inning drama punctuated what was a terrific duel between two of the area's best pitchers, Hoover sophomore Fields and Sissonville junior Zach Null.
Fields retired 13 of the first 14 hitters, not throwing his first ball until the seventh hitter of the game. Twenty-six of his first 31 pitches were strikes.
On the other side, Null rode guts, guile, and a sweeping 12-6 curve ball to a performance that could've been good enough had he gotten more help from his young defense.
After Zach Mullins hit a leadoff single in the fourth for the Huskies (21-8), Fields skied a ball deep to left field that was misplayed by Dillan Asbury and fell for a double. Ryan Shamblin drove in Mullins with a sacrifice fly to center, and then Fields scored on an error by Asbury on another misjudged fly.
The Indians (10-20) locked the score at 2-2 on a two-run single from Leighton Baldwin in the next frame, and grabbed the lead in the top of the sixth when Houston Hill singled in Null, who led off with a double.
That left Null looking at finishing the upset, but he faced one of the tougher Class AA lineups.
But after Shamblin walked with one out in the sixth and Austin Thomas singled him to second, Cody Bowen hit a grounder to short that could've possibly been a double play, but second baseman Andy Minsker dropped the ball on the exchange between his glove and his hand.