CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Herbert Hoover was heartbroken to see its 14-game winning streak and season come to an end last year to Wayne in the Class AA Region 4 softball championship.
The Huskies fell behind for good in that game when a throwing error from first baseman Amber Oaks allowed the Pioneers to score the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.
Wayne would go on to claim the Class AA championship and Hoover would be left with a bunch of what ifs.
While not as much was on the line, Hoover was able to get a bit of revenge on Wednesday night, claiming a 3-2 home win over Wayne in a battle of ranked teams at Michael D. Chandler Field.
For the top-ranked Huskies (9-2), it was the second victory over the No. 3 Pioneers (9-4) after a 2-1 road win on March 23.
"This win is huge, especially after last year losing to them in the regional final," Oaks said. "To win this game feels awesome. We can't get too cocky, though, especially when it matters the most."
With the game tied at 2-2, Oaks was able to deliver the go-ahead run for the Huskies in the fifth inning on a RBI groundout to second base to score McKenzie Edmonds.
The Huskies senior felt a bit of satisfaction in helping her team earn the victory, considering it was her error on the same field last season that helped end Hoover's season.
"Personally it was my error last season," Oaks said. "It feels great for me. I am excited to help the team in any way I can. If it was anyone else making the game-winning RBI, I'd be just as happy."