FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- After six innings, Sissonville had Herbert Hoover backed in the corner, ready to deliver the final blow.
Just when it seemed as if the Indians would walk away with a win, Hoover countered with a couple of hits, reversed the course and delivered a knockout of its own.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, Zoey Carte drove in the tying run on an RBI single. On the next at bat, Amber Oaks rocketed the ball up the right side of the field to bring in the winning run as Class AA No. 1 Hoover defeated visiting Sissonville 2-1 Wednesday afternoon.
"I knew I had to make contact on the ball for us to have a chance," Carte said. "I knew we really needed that hit and everything else would come into play."
Carte was dead on with her prediction. On the next at bat, Oaks brought in the winning run on her single.
"We had a slow start in the beginning," Oaks said. "We started getting hits, and then we knew we had a chance. We just stepped it up a bit."
Carte also had a single in the fifth to finish 2 for 3.
Prior to the seventh, Hoover managed just two hits. After Allison Rager opened the bottom of the seventh with a groundout, it seemed as though the offensive drought would continue for Hoover (11-2). But the Huskies' bats begin to catch fire on singles by McKenzie Edmonds and Ashleigh Tignor, followed by the RBI singles from Carte and Oaks.
The Huskies finished with six hits - four coming in the final inning.
"Offensively, [Bekah] Baldwin kept us off balance all night," said Hoover coach Missy Smith. "She has a nice changeup and drop ball. We were chasing pitches. I kept telling them to be patient. We finally got a couple of hits together and got lucky enough to win. It's a big win for us. They are a good team."