“I told the guys that I was proud of the way that they played today,” Hoover Coach Joe Cotti said. “A loss is a loss, but we really played hard. If we can keep playing like that, I think that is only going to help us down the road.”
The win was a struggle for Burroughs (8-11, 4-2 in league), which hadn’t played in two weeks.
“We were definitely rusty,” Indians Coach JR Schwer said. “With the rain and all, I don’t think we played a game in 14 or 15 days coming into this one. But a win is a win and we’ll take it.”
Schwer said his squad is mindful of staying in contention for a league championship.
“That’s what we’re playing for,” he said. “We know we have some games left, and anything can happen in league. We just have to make sure we come out to play every game.”
The Indians looked anything but rusty in the early going against the Tornadoes (5-8, 1-5), After Jimmy Kenney got on base on a fielder’s choice with one out, Christian Garia took a Danny Romero pitch and rocketed it over the center field fence for a two-run home run.
After the shaky first inning, however, Romero settled in and shut down the Indians over the next four innings. During that span, he struck out six and averaged a thrifty 12 pitches an inning.
“He gave us a real good effort,” Cotti said of Romero. “He was up there battling.”
Hoover took advantage of two Burroughs throwing errors in the fifth inning to score its two runs. Cameron Doran reached base on an error and scored on an error. Tyler Delzell reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a bases-loaded walk by Kevin Mendoza.
Anthony Cuccinello led the Tornadoes’ offense, going two for four.
Burroughs pushed across the winning run in the fifth inning when Hector Gonzalez doubled and pinch runner Daniel Rojas scored on a double by Brandon Lawton.
Burroughs reliever Dylan Disiere got the win, pitching 2 2/3 innings. He entered in the fifth inning in relief of starter Ryan Kahikina.
At the plate, Kahikina was two for three and Gonzalez was two also two for three with a double.