"Anytime you have a home run like that is just a line drive rocket, everybody in the dugout was up and it changes the whole momentum," Smith said. "After that, we knew they would be able to float."
Endicott was just as effective on defense at third base. The Wayne sophomore assisted on eight putouts, including the final six, leading to Indian Coach Niki Gross describing her as "a wall."
Along with shortstop Jessica Watts, Wayne features an impressive left side of the infield.
"I truly believe we have the best defense in the state, bar none," Smith said. "I have said it a lot, and have told them because I want them to understand it. They are huge for us and have pure grit."
It was a disappointing ending to the high school career of Sissonville standout Bekah Baldwin, the lone senior on an Indian team that features five starting freshmen.
Baldwin was saddled with the loss, giving up five runs in 21/3 innings of work. She will turn her attention to college softball, where she will play for West Virginia Conference tournament champions, West Virginia State.
"I'm so proud of Bekah," Gross said. "She has had a great four years at Sissonville. It's a name we will never forget. We are excited to see her play at the next level. That is something she can leave on a good note. She is going to the next level to play softball.
Baldwin joins fellow Sissonville standout Dee Dee Loftis at State, who graduated last year and had an impressive freshman season for the Yellow Jackets, starting at shortstop.
"I know she will make State proud like Dee Dee," Gross said. "I'm tickled to death for both of them. Dee Dee had a great start to her career at State and I see Bekah doing the same thing. It's great to see two girls from your program go out and represent us well."
As for the Indians, they have five starting freshman that were one win away from reaching the State Tournament.
"I'm super proud of these girls," Gross said. "To get this far meant the world to us. It's a tough loss but I think with all these freshmen, they have seen what it takes to get this far, and I think in a year or two, we are going to be in the state tournament."