Having the same number of errors (four) as hits usually doesnít result in a positive outcome.
But the Herndon baseball team minimized the significance of those mistakes after putting together a three-run rally in the sixth inning Tuesday night to defeat Concorde District foe Oakton, 4-3.
The victory keeps Herndon's season-opening winning streak alive at seven games, while Oakton dropped to 6-2. It was the first Concorde game of the season for either team.
"I'm just happy with the way our guys competed. I told them, we got outplayed for five-and-a-half of those innings," said Herndon coach Greg Miller, whose team had won its first six games by an average of eight runs.
Addison Wright pitched a complete game for the Hornets despite struggling with his control early on and enduring defensive lapses. The victory was the senior right-handerís third; he surrendered six hits and struck out four.
"Since last year, I think he's been one of the best pitchers in the district," Miller said. "We wanted to throw him this first [district] game because he's the best we have right now. He was just a little wound up early."
Oakton starter Matt Gregor's off-speed stuff kept Herndon out-front and off-balance through his 5 1/3 innings of work.
Herndon's Ky Parrott ignited the rally with a one-out double to deep right-center field. As he was replaced by pinch-runner Joe Quinlan, Oakton coach Justin Janis was replacing Gregor with hard-throwing sidearmer R.J. Garcia, who has three saves this season.
Garcia was greeted by Tyler Reif's looping single to right, on which Quinlan advanced to third. Reif stole second, and Austin Schnarrs' subsequent groundout to shortstop netted a run.
A passed ball brought in the Hornets' tying run. A hard-hit grounder off Chris Dugan's bat that slipped through the legs of Oakton shortstop Mitchell Carroll ended up being the winning run.
"But that's just one game," Miller said. "We have nine battles left in our district so we can't get too excited. Our district is so darn tough. We just want to perform well against the Concorde District."