CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Earlier in the season, Herbert Hoover Coach Brian Young couldn't find a place in the lineup that seemed comfortable for junior Hunter White.
Now, Young couldn't find a spot where he isn't.
The bottom of the lineup, spearheaded by the hitting of White, has pushed the Herbert Hoover baseball team on the brink of a State Tournament berth with a 10-2 victory over Sissonville in a Class AA Region 4 semifinal on Tuesday at Jeff Holliday Field in Falling Rock.
The victory gives Hoover (28-3) a three-game season sweep of the Indians and the right to host Wayne (13-15) in the regional final at 6 p.m. Thursday.
It also provided more proof that Hoover's lineup is lethal to opposing pitching whether No. 1 batter Corey Bird is hitting or No. 9 batter Shaun Dotson is at the plate.
"When one part struggles, the other part has to pick them up," said Young, who guided the Huskies to the State Tournament in 2012 - the team's first appearance since Hoover won the championship in 2007 in Coach Kevin Buckner's final season. "Obviously, you'd like to have all nine of them hitting at the same time. They've done a nice job of picking each other up when some of them aren't seeing the ball as well."
For the second baseman's part, he is 12-for-19 in his last five games, which included one stint in the leadoff spot when Bird strained a muscle and sat out against Clay County.
The younger brother of James White, who was a member of Herbert Hoover's 2007 championship team, was 2-for-4 and is on a five-game hitting streak that has included nine RBI.
That's a far cry from earlier in the season when White batted second, seventh and ninth in the order and was 5-for-28 in the first nine games of the season.
"Usually numbers don't lie, but at the beginning of the year he was hitting it right at people," Bird said. "He was the unluckiest guy. He's a really good hitter. Me and him hit a bunch after practice and I just told him to keep at it."
The Huskies started slowly against Sissonville (14-21), which earned a spot in the regional semifinal via a sectional upset sweep of Poca.
The Indians scored two runs in the first inning behind a Jacob Fisher single, a Zach Null double and Dominic Walker double.