Independence pitcher Kevin Sexton was cruising, giving up two unearned runs in the fifth inning. With the Patriots still leading 3-2, Sean Craze led off the seventh by reaching on an error. Sexton fell behind in the count 2-0 after a close call on his second pitch.
Coach Scott Cuthbert went to the mound to "settle him down."
"We were just trying to settle him down a little bit and get him to focus back in there," Cuthbert said. "He was getting a little emotional, but he got us here and I thought he pitched really well tonight."
A Shaun Dotson single put runners at first and second with no outs.
Hoover senior Corey Bird, who was 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base, sent a 2-2 pitch down the left-field line to tie the game.
The intentional walk followed and White turned on an 0-1 fastball to carry it over the fence for his first homer of the season.
Independence received two hits from Sexton and one hit and an RBI from Andrue Hughart, Wyatt Adkins and James Huffman.
Dotson had two hits and an RBI, White had four RBI and Farmer had an RBI for Hoover, which reached the title game last season but couldn't score in a 1-0 defeat to Wyoming East.
Young's thoughts of deja vu went out with his team's late-game performance on Thursday.
"Just seemed like, we come in a good situation, Dotson gets on, Corey comes up in a good situation and the ball just pops right up to them," said Young, speaking of Bird's groundout in the sixth inning. "Seemed like all night. You do get a feeling of deja vu, but our kids didn't let down. They showed resiliency and didn't hang their heads at any time."
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