"We had that big inning and we got the girls up, but we just seemed to not let things get going," Sissonville Coach Nikki Gross said. "We left too many baserunners on, and we had too many strikeouts looking."
Of Rager's six strikeouts, five were called third strikes.
Hoover also benefited from errorless defense that at times was sterling.
With runners on first and second and Johnson at the plate, Hoover second baseman Caroline Thornburg tracked down a looping line drive that appeared headed for no-man's land, and snagged it for a harmless third out.
Thornburg had four putouts and an assist in the win, which Rager said was a bit of a wake-up call for her team.
"I think we underestimated them a little, but we have three girls playing new positions and all three of them played really well on defense tonight," Rager said.
Thornburg, Carte -- at shortstop -- and third baseman McKenzie Edmonds are all first-year starters for the Huskies' infield.
"That was huge," Smith said of Thornburg's highlight-reel grab. "She is so quick, and reads the ball off the bat so well that her range is phenomenal at second base."
Tignor was 3-for-4 in the win, while leadoff hitter Mikayla Craze was 2-for-5. Baldwin, who struck out four in the hard-luck loss, was 2-for-3 for the Indians.
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