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Newsline 9 athlete of the week: Hoover leads Pacelli to state title

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There were many Pacelli softball players who played well this past weekend to help the Cardinals secure their second WIAA state title. 

But DDanielle Hoover took part in five of her team's runs. In the 8-3 win over Poynette on Saturday the senior went 3-for-3 with a walk, drove in a run and scored four times. 

Poynette beat Pacelli in the title game last season.

Perhaps the thought of avenging the loss and winning a state championship brought out her a game. 

What made Saturday's title game performance so special is that it came after a forgetting semifinal performance.

Hoover went 1-for-4 with a run in the 8-7 win over Grantsburg on Friday. 

But the normally sure handed Hoover committed four of her team's six errors.

Hoover is the Cardinals' number three hitter, typically reserved for the best bat on the team and as one of the leaders of the team, when she's going well, it trickles down. 

Certainly a state title and a game changing performance is more than Pacelli could've bargained for.

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