Darkness descended on the Hoover High softball field a little earlier
than the Tornadoes would have liked Tuesday, as they hosted Burroughs
in a nonleague doubleheader.
Hoover came within half and inning of sweeping the two games
against the Indians.
Hoover won the opening game, 6-5, in eight innings, as the contest
was decided on an international tie-breaker.
In the second game, the Tornadoes led, 1-0, after four innings.
However, umpires called the game because of darkness, denying Hoover
“We had a bunch of mental lapses in the first game,” Hoover Coach
Kirt Kohlmeier said of his team, which committed three errors. “In
the second game, I thought our defense was excellent.”
Burroughs (7-4) trailed, 4-2, through six innings of the first
game, when it scored three times to take a one-run lead.
Burroughs’ Val Rico hit a two-run triple that scored Margo Flynn
and Ryanne Hodgins.
But Hoover (9-3), which finished with 12 hits, rallied to tie the
game in the seventh. Linda Martinez scored on a single by Michelle
Summers to send the game into extra innings.
Hoover’s Anna Schnitger scored the game-winning run on a Burroughs
“My kids weren’t at their best, and it was obvious,” Burroughs
Coach Jennifer Gomez said. “They came out flat. We’ve been able to
put runs on the board, but unfortunately, they are finding ways to
score runs on us.”