GLENDALE — Trailing by three runs to Burroughs High, the Hoover baseball team was looking for something to ignite it late in Friday’s Pacific League game.
That spark might just have come in the form of a defensive play.
In the top of the sixth inning with Burroughs at bat, the Tornadoes got out of the frame on a double play that ended with an Indians runner being thrown out at home after a fly to right field.
Using the play as motivation, Hoover came back and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and eventually won the contest on a walk-off suicide squeeze in the eighth inning to complete a 4-3 comeback against visiting Burroughs.
The defensive play came when the Indians had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth. With Thomas Wilson at third base, Chris Peres lifted a fly ball to right field. Hoover’s Javier Cisneros caught the fly and, with Wilson tagging up at third, fired a laser that reached the plate with no bounce. Tornadoes catcher Fidel Hernendez applied the tag and Wilson was called out for a double play.