Frampton wasn't overpowering - he permitted 13 hits and fanned only three - but the end result was certainly more pleasing than the last time he faced the Huskies.
"He took the loss up there,'' Estel said, "and we [coaches] were trying to decide what we were going to do earlier this week and who we were going to throw. I asked Noah [Thursday], 'Do you want the ball?' And he said, 'Yeah, I want it - worse than I've ever wanted anything.' I said, 'All right, that's all I needed to hear.' He was pumped up coming in - maybe a little bit too pumped up a couple times - but we got him dialed back in and told him to stay within himself.''
Frampton also got solid support from his defense, which committed no errors even thought it had to handle 18 of the 21 outs.
Third baseman Chandler handled six ground balls cleanly for putouts at first. Second baseman Skyler Vealey made a superb lunging stab to rob Ryan Shamblin of a hit in the fifth inning and center fielder Jake Payne pulled off a fantastic diving catch to end the sixth, leaping to his feet and doubling a runner off second base.
"They made every play tonight,'' Young said.
The victory kept Poca afloat in the Cardinal Conference race, boosting its league record to 5-1, good for second place behind Hoover (8-1).
"Our first goal at the beginning of the season was to win the conference,'' Estel said. "I don't know if Poca's ever won the Cardinal Conference in baseball.
"We didn't really talk about [the earlier loss to Hoover] because that's just one more thing of pressure for us. We figure if we can make it through our sectional, they're probably the team we'll see in the regional semifinals. We wanted to come out hard and give them something to think about. They jumped on us early and we came back tonight and played well with them and got a split. Now we'll see what happens.''
For Hoover, Shamblin finished 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI, Cody Bowen (3 for 4) had two RBIs and Fields went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Corey Bird, a Marshall recruit and one of the Kanawha Valley's leading hitters, went 0 for 3 with a walk.
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