Perry also threw a complete game for Wayne, fanning six and walking two while allowing six hits to Hoover's powerful attack.
"The kid did a nice job tonight,'' Young said of Perry. "He kept us off balance and hit his spots. He pitched us outside and inside and didn't let us get comfortable in the batter's box. We had opportunities at times. I thought we did OK at times hitting the ball when we needed to and scored a couple runs. I would have liked to have hit the ball a little bit more, but he did a nice job.''
Hoover grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on an RBI double by Austin Thomas that smacked off Perry's leg on the mound and trickled into short left field. Hunter White also drove in a run when his grounder to second resulted in a throw home that was too late to get courtesy runner Michael Wingett.
Bird, who leads the Kanawha Valley with 50-plus stolen bases, then helped Hoover manufacture two more runs in the fifth with his legs.
He stroked a one-out single and swiped second and third as Scooter Farmer drew a walk off Perry. With runners at first and third, courtesy runner Zach Callen broke for second and the throw went to the shortstop off the bag. Wayne's Kodie Bowen fired home, but the throw was wild, scoring Bird to make it 3-0. Callen moved to third on the error and later scored on a wild pickoff attempt.
"I figured it would be a close game,'' said Bird, who stole five bases Friday. "It seems like in the regionals, you get the best even out of the mediocre teams. We try to maintain our discipline, play hard and play our best. We could've done more to put more runs on the board, but they did a nice job today.''
Shortstop Ryan Shamblin and third baseman Tristan Fields made nifty defensive plays in support of Cody Bowen. It turned out that the Huskies needed every solid play in the field because they managed just six hits.
"Today it was just plate approaches,'' Fields said. "We came up and were swinging at pitches we shouldn't have been swinging at. Then we focused on the ball and that's when we started hitting line drives and scored our runs.''
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