Herbert Hoover improves to 10-0 with 2-1 win over Hurricane

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fifteen innings of softball produced a pair of 2-1 victories for Herbert Hoover Thursday in the Guard the Capital Invitational at GoMart Ballpark. The Huskies defeated Hurricane, 2-1 in the tournament finale after knocking off St. Albans in eight innings earlier in the day.

“I liked how we battled,” said Herbert Hoover head coach Missy Smith. “It was the same thing against St. Albans. We played a good team and we played all seven innings. When things didn’t go our way at the plate, we made some plays defensively. That’s how you win these tight ball games.”

In the nightcap against Hurricane, the Redskins opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when Jaden Jones scored on a wild pitch.

The Huskies answered with single runs in the first and second innings. RBI singles from Laila Varney and Jaylee Carper gave Herbert Hoover a 2-1 lead.

Pitchers dominated the rest of the way. Hurricane’s Kate Justice struck out 11 batters in six innings while Varney struck out 10 in seven innings of work. Both pitchers allowed five hits.

“She is a big-game pitcher,” Smith said of Varney, “She likes the ball when the game is on the line. That’s not something I can teach them. They come that way. She has put in the work in the offseason to look good right now.”

Played at the home of the Charleston Dirty Birds, temporary bases and a temporary pitching circle were installed. Smith says communication on defense was important with different dimensions than a typical softball field in place.

“Defensively, you have to talk in order to be successful. They talked through the extra noise from the speakers and the extra space. They really pushed through that today.”

The Redskins fell to 4-3 while the Huskies improved to 10-0.

“We’re 0-0 going into tomorrow and are just trying to play our best softball every time we put the uniform on.”

Alexandra Anderson collected a pair of base hits for the Redskins while Addi Chapman and Carper each had two hits for the Huskies.

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