CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In case anybody had forgotten the prowess of the Herbert Hoover baseball team, Sissonville Coach Kenny Harper is happy to provide a reminder.
"They're just a good club, one through nine, they're just going to hit the ball and Tristan (Fields) threw one of the better games I've seen him throw," said Harper after Fields tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Hoover's 14-0 victory over the Indians (6-9) on Monday at Falling Rock. "Probably the best hitting team in the state right there."
The Huskies (11-0), the 2012 Class AA State Tournament runners-up, have a .428 team batting average after going 14-of-23 on Monday.
As for pitching, Hoover's staff has a 0.88 team earned run average.
"We're feeding the strike zone and playing good defense," said Hoover Coach Brian Young, whose team defeated Sissonville 8-1 on Thursday behind freshman pitcher Matt Justice. "The defense we put behind him was probably one of the best you'd see in the state if you'd really sit back and look at it. They're just playing real well."
Fields was dominant before facing the Indians, surrendering seven hits and one earned run in his first two starts of the season.
On Monday, he struck out seven of the first nine batters. In Zach Null's first at bat, Sissonville's top hitter rocketed a 1-1 pitch over the first base bag and off the chalk for what appeared to be a double. However, it was ruled a foul ball and, after Null returned to the plate, he eventually struck out on a 3-2 pitch.
The closest Sissonville got to a hit the rest of the way was in the fifth inning when Houston Hill hit a ground ball that took an awkward hop, which was misplayed by Hoover second baseman Hunter White for an error. A passed ball, wild pitch and Fields' second walk of the game put runners on first and third but he struck out the side to end the game.
The victory marked the fourth shutout of the season for Hoover, which has not given up more than two runs since defeating Winfield 11-9 in the season opener.