Oaks is using the mistake from last season as added motivation this season.
"I'm trying to make corrections and not to make those same errors," Oaks said. "My batting average was low last year but it's coming up this year. It feels amazing."
Hoover Coach Missy Smith couldn't be happier for Oaks, after what she and the team went through last season.
"Everybody knows what happened last year," Smith said. "We are just building off of it. Anytime a kid makes an error and can step up later, it sweetens the deal a little bit."
It looked as though Hoover might suffer a case of deja vu Wednesday night after giving up two unearned runs on two errors in the first to fall behind 2-0.
However, the Huskies were able to regroup, coming back to tie the game on a two-out, two-run single from Zoey Carte in the third and then getting the game-winner from Oaks in the fifth.
"It would have been very easy to give up and been done tonight," Smith said. "They responded with guts and heart, which is exactly what you like to see as a coach. I couldn't have scripted it better."
With what happened last year between the two teams in the regional final, and the fact that both are ranked in the top three in Class AA, a new rivalry seems to have been formed between Hoover and Wayne.
"It's a great rivalry," Wayne Coach Tish Smith said. "I don't care when it is, what time of the year it is, or how good we are doing, it's going to be an all out, balls to the wall game every time."