FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- Just getting there isn't good enough anymore for Herbert Hoover.
The Huskies came within an eyelash of winning a Class AA baseball championship last year, losing 1-0 to Wyoming East in the finals at Appalachian Power Park.
For a lot of programs, just making it to the state tournament for the first time in five years - as Hoover did last spring - would signal a successful season. And perhaps for Hoover in years past, that would have been enough to be satisfied. But no longer.
"Our players are very driven,'' said Huskies coach Brian Young. "They weren't satisfied. They came up two runs short and they came back this year with renewed focus. They haven't been that team that just lets up. They want to win.''
So far, that hunger has helped Hoover jump out to a 3-0 record following Saturday's 26-1, 20-0 home doubleheader sweep over Cardinal Conference rival Tolsia. The Huskies opened with a 13-9 win over Class AAA Winfield on Tuesday.
Expectations haven't dimmed for the Huskies, who won 27 games last season, which was four more victories than the team turned in during 2007 when it won the program's first and only state title.
"We expect to come out and do the same things we expect every year,'' Young said. "We set three main goals - win 20 games, win the Cardinal Conference and make the state tournament. So that's what we expect of them, and we feel that we do have a good nucleus back from last year, so we can put a good effort into achieving those goals.''
With one rejoinder. This time, the Huskies want to take it one game further.
"We were a little bit short last year,'' said senior outfielder Corey Bird, a Marshall recruit. "We're really hungry to get back to the state tournament and win it this time. Last year, we actually played the better team in the semifinals [beating Point Pleasant 7-1] and didn't come back ready to play the next day and Wyoming got us.