In order to claim the crown, head coach Charlie Dragum had to rely on a few aces tucked under his uniform sleeve, count on some very young players, and take a calculated risk on the mound.
In the end, each decision worked hand in glove to take the Hawks to championship glory.
Before playing for it all, Hanover had to endure a 24-hour delay when Friday's semifinal with Oakton was moved to Saturday.
Then the Hawks had to play catch up for much of the game, falling behind 3-0 early only to tie the game, then watch Oakton plate three more and put Hanover back to square one at 6-3.
Starter Trevor Denton's day ended at this point, as Dragum
called on junior Thomas Renfro to stop the bleeding so the Hawks could strategize how to, again, erase a three-run deficit.
Add the two runs Renfro allowed, and it was 9-8 Hanover when Dragum called on ace Derek Casey to play the role of closer in the seventh.
Coach Dragum called for the squeeze play.
did it with a freshman in the batters box, in the state championship game, with the potential winning run 90 feet from home.