But since that time, the Huskies have reeled off seven straight wins behind a solid offensive attack, averaging a shade under nine runs in that time. They've also racked up 10 or more runs in a game 13 times this season.
"As a team, we've realized that we need to play with a lot of heart,'' Mullins said, "and not play selfish baseball. Play the game we know how to play - the way we started playing, the way we were at the beginning of the season and the middle of the season. Now it's coming together for us.''
Hoover got hits from six different spots in the lineup against the two best pitchers for the Dots.
Sophomore Jake Payne, who brought a 4-3 record and 1.30 ERA into the game, went just 22/3 innings, giving up five hits and six runs, though four of them were unearned - all four of the runs Hoover scored in the third.
Payne was relieved by freshman Noah Frampton (8-3, 1.70), who allowed five hits in his 31/3 innings. He was also struck in the back of the leg by a wicked shot off the bat of Wright in the bottom of the sixth. Frampton had troubling standing and walking at first, but was eventually able to resume pitching.
The No. 7 Dots (21-13) managed just five hits off Hoover's Mullins and Clayton Edens, and were no-hit for 31/3 innings.
"We couldn't get hits,'' said Poca coach Gene Estel, "and they hit it where we weren't. It all comes back to timely hitting, and we didn't have that. We had 11 runners left on base - eight of them the last three innings. You can't win many ballgames like that, especially when a team hits like they are.
"I give our kids a lot of credit. They didn't get down [after it was 6-0]. They stayed in it. I hate it for all of us [that we lost], but especially for our three seniors. All of them played above what we expected coming into the season. But we have a bunch of young kids coming back, so there are some positives to it.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.