"With their team, you know they're eventually going to hit the ball in the gap or something like that. They have a really good baseball team and good offense. We were just trying to battle through it. If we could ever add one or two runs - who knows? But it didn't work out that way.''
Hoover started slicing into its deficit into the bottom of the fifth, getting an RBI grounder from Shaun Dotson that turned into an error, scoring Sean Craze, who led off with a ground-rule to right that bounced into the party deck. Dotson eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Scooter Farmer to make it 3-2.
Fields, after being checked in the dugout for several innings, was able to loosen up his injury and returned to the game to hit in the bottom of the fourth (smoking a single on the first pitch he saw) and played third base the rest of the way.
However, after Sexton retired the Huskies 1-2-3 in the home half of the sixth, they were down to their final at-bat the next inning.
Craze led off with a routine grounder to second that Drew D'Angelo couldn't handle. Dotson then dropped down an intended sacrifice bunt, but did it so well that he beat it out, putting two runners aboard.
Corey Bird, Hoover's skilled leadoff hitter and Marshall recruit, then ripped a double inches inside the third-base line, scoring Craze and putting runners at second and third, still with no one out. Indy then walked Farmer intentionally to load the bases and create a force at every base.
That brought up White, who hadn't hit a homer since last year, and then just that one. With the Huskies needing only a medium-depth fly ball to score Dotson from third, White delivered, launching Sexton's pitch over the left-field wall to end the game.
"I was just trying to get a sacrifice fly,'' White said, "because the guy on third was really fast, and he could score on a pop up. I just swung as hard as I could to try and get a pop up.
"It's the best feeling all year - it's the highlight of my season.''
Sexton finished up allowing eight hits and five earned runs, striking out one and walking two.
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