Despite Johnson being Scott's top hitter and having a free base open with two outs in the seventh inning and nobody on, at no point did it cross Smith's mind to intentionally walk the Skyhawk star.
"It's not really part of our philosophy to walk hitters," Smith said. "I always believe in our pitchers. Sometimes they win, and sometimes you win. They are a good hitting team and you just never can rest when their batters are at the plate.
"She (Johnson) is probably one of the best hitters in the state, if not the best hitter. But she was 1-for-4, and we won three of the times. It was a big hit, though."
Harless was elated that the Huskies decided to pitch to Johnson.
"I wouldn't pitch to her but I'm glad they did," Harless said. "The thing is I have good hitters behind her. You have to be careful there. The thing with Allyson is every at bat is huge for us. She's an excellent all-around player.
Harless indicated that Johnson has been playing hurt recently, and was almost lost for the season. An injury she sustained in the team's trip to Myrtle Beach on spring break has hampered her lately.
"She has a broken ring finger on her right hand," Harless said. "She broke it when we was at the beach. She went to the doctor and they suggested pins, which told her she would be out six weeks. The doctor told us if she was tough enough, she could tape them together and play, and she is."
The solo home run in the seventh inning to Harless was the only earned run Rager gave up for Hoover. Scott's first two runs were unearned off two Husky errors in the first inning.
Caroline Thornburg and Zoey Carte had RBI for Hoover in the first and fourth innings to tie the game before Johnson's heroics won the game for the Skyhawks.
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