CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover Coach Brian Young called it a "loaded question," but as far as center fielder Corey Bird is concerned, there's no question which Hoover team - 2011 or 2012 - is better.
It's the one that scored 15 runs in a 15-5 six-inning mercy-rule decision over Wayne (7-6) on Monday night at Jeff Holliday Field in Falling Rock.
Young, the former assistant coach who took over one year after Hoover won the 2007 Class AA state title, was guarded with his answer.
"We're young, but we're good," said Young, whose team went 18-7 last year after being upset in sectional play by Sissonville. "I'm not saying we're great, because we have a lot of things to work on."
Offense doesn't seem to be one of those.
The Huskies improved to 11-3, with road losses to Class AAA Winfield by a 9-2 score, Class AA Wayne by 6-5 and at home to 2011 Class A runner-up Charleston Catholic by a 9-2 count.
On Monday, Hoover pounded out 19 hits, committed only two early errors, and scored five runs after two outs in the fourth inning.
The Huskies' approach at the plate varied. They worked Wayne starting pitcher Tyler Adkins to 57 pitches through three innings, but were positively impatient when opportunity knocked.
Hoover's first five batters were set down - three on strikeouts - before 14 of the next 19 batters reached base. Austin Thomas doubled on a first-pitch fastball in the second inning. Zach Mullins hit his third home run of the season - a two-run shot - on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth inning. Fields doubled on the first pitch in the fourth, Mullins doubled on the first pitch of the fifth and Thomas singled on the first pitch in the sixth.
"We put the ball in play and didn't take too many strikeouts," said Bird, the leadoff hitter who opened the game with a walk on a 3-2 pitch and finished with three singles and had his fifth game with at least two RBI. "Sometimes we chase a little bit first pitch when we need to be a little more patient."
It came on a night when Hoover pitching ace Tristan Fields wasn't sharp.