Hoover coach Brian Young thinks his team's staunch hitting has helped keep the pitching staff fresh, since nine mercy-rule wins have shortened games.
"The kids are pitching really good games,'' Young said, "and we've been pretty fortunate up this point because a lot of that has come in short games. It's not just one, two kids [pitching well], and we're playing good defense behind them.
"We can't complain about the way we're swinging the bats from top to bottom. We had 16 hits in back-to-back games last week, and that's unheard of. We're seeing the ball real well and putting the ball in play and hitting it hard. That makes the pitching a lot better because you take a couple innings off those games and we're not quite as tired having to pitch late in games.''
Certainly, the Huskies can't keep up the numbers they've posted thus far, a tear that would impress even the 1927 Yankees. But it's not going to be from a lack of trying.
"Obviously, you always wonder if there's going to be a letdown,'' Young said. "If it's going to happen, you hope it's before the last week of the season. We've got 21/2 weeks of good competition left to see where we're at.
"We've had to [reschedule several conference games] and it works out well for us because we'll have a solid week of better teams that last week before the sectionals, and that will help us in the long run.''
Young tried to give his hard-working squad a day off during spring break last week, but the players called and wanted the keys to take batting practice in the school's cage.
"You can't fault that,'' Young said. "You try to give them the day off, and they still want to be out there. We've got goals set and they're working to try and achieve them.
"We've won several games by multiple runs, but they haven't stopped with the work ethic they had the first week of practice. They always want to take more swings, more swings, more ground balls, more ground balls. We can't get them to leave the field. Their determination is something to be spoken for. We're really impressed with the way they continue to work hard. Sometimes you get a big head [in that situation] but we haven't had that.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.