FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover's Amber Oaks helped her teammates and herself put Wayne in the rear-view mirror - if only for a few weeks.
The senior gave the host Huskies the lead for good with a run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the fifth inning and sophomore pitcher Allison Rager worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh for a 3-2 come-from-behind victory Wednesday evening to sweep the season series against the Pioneers.
A crowd of about 120 attended the matchup of Class AA state-ranked teams at Michael D. Chandler Field. Hoover opened the season with a 2-1 win at defending state champion Wayne.
Oaks and the Huskies have taken huge strides to erase the memory of the Pioneers eliminating them 4-3 in last year's regional finals with the help of Oaks' throwing error that let in what proved to be the winning run in the fifth.
"I threw it over third base and let the girl score,'' said Oaks matter-of-factly after Wednesday's triumph. "I'm working hard to make corrections and not make those errors again. I'm real excited that we have this win. This is my last chance against them.''
Oaks probably thought she was having flashbacks Wednesday when she dropped an on-target throw from Rager in the first inning for the first of two errors that led to Wayne taking a 2-0 lead.
This time, though, the Huskies first baseman atoned for her miscue after getting a second chance at the plate in the fifth. It appeared Oaks coaxed a walk to load the bases with one out, but the home plate and base umpire conferred and Oaks was called back to the batters' box after they decided the count was 3-2.
Oaks sent the next pitch to the first-base side of second, allowing junior McKenzie Edmonds, who started the frame with a lead-off single, to scurry home for a 3-2 edge for Hoover (9-2), which was No. 1 in this week's state sports writers' poll.
"Personally, my batting average hasn't been that great this season, but it's coming up and it feels great to be able to hit the ball and contribute to the team,'' Oaks said. "I love that I can help the team out in any way that I can.''
Hoover had to sweat out the last two innings against No. 3 Wayne (9-4) before securing the win.
The Pioneers' Kasey Endicott opened the top of the sixth with a walk and Jessie Rowe followed with a single to put runners at first and second with none out. After Emily Thompson sacrificed the pair to third and second, respectively, Rager got Wayne's Tasha Maynard to pop out to third and struck out No. 9 hitter Savannah Perry looking to end the threat.