Bailey Mohr's single ended a wild fourth and Fairmont Senior led 5-1.
"I was wondering if we would pull through," Young said. "We were hitting at Capital (high school) this morning and I told them I was looking for us to have a big game. I thought our sticks were going to be a little more alive because we hit the ball really well in the cage today. Came through late, but (the emotions) started to build up a little bit."
In the sixth, the Huskies had two runners with two outs after a single by Austin Thomas, a strikeout, a Farmer single and another strikeout. Shaun Dotson, Hoover's No. 9 hitter, worked Fairmont Senior starting pitcher Andrew Strand into a full count.
Dotson walked to load the bases and Bird laced a single to right for two runs. White then singled in the lead run and Bowen followed with an insurance run.
In the bottom of the inning, an antsy Bird came back to the mound with three outs to secure the title.
Facing the 3-4-5 hitters, he got Austin Norman to ground out, he struck out Kesling swinging and Trey Hall - Skarzinski's replacement - caught looking to end the game.
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NORMAL STARTING shortstop Ryan Shamblin played the position briefly in the semifinal before moving to third and playing second base in the title game. Shamblin injured his left wrist in practice on Wednesday when James White, who was pitching batting practice, hit him.
"James (White) did it," said Shamblin, whose 18th birthday was Saturday. "He got me pretty good. He didn't mean to."
Hunter White, James' younger brother, played shortstop on Saturday in Shamblin's place.
"We're pretty flexible," Shamblin said. "It's no big deal really. We've all played every position."
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HOOVER'S 31 victories surpassed the 30 the Huskies won in 2006, the senior year for Grant Buckner, who is in the Chicago White Sox Class A affiliate Winston-Salem. That season, Hoover lost in the regional final and won the state title a year later. Hoover also reached the State Tournament in 2003 but lost to Lincoln in the semifinals.
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IN THREE State Tournament games, Bird is 7-of-15 (.467) with a double, six stolen bases, five runs, and four RBI.