Herndon’s Winning Streak Comes to an End in Loudoun
June 13, 2017
LOUDOUN, VA – In the team’s eighth game in as many days, the Herndon Braves were unable to extend their winning streak to four, dropping Tuesday’s extra-inning contest against the Loudoun Riverdogs by a score of 9-8.
Making it almost routine at this point in the season, Herndon started off the game with a run in the top of the first, as a Loudoun wild pitch allowed Brett Norwood to score.
It took a while for the Riverdog bats to heat up, but they finally came around in the bottom of the fourth where they would go on to score three runs to claim the lead.
The Braves had an answer for that in the top of the fifth, as arguably the hottest hitter of the night, Alex Bernauer lined an RBI double to the outfield, scoring Sammy Stevens to make it 3-2 Loudoun.
The sixth inning played host to six total runs between the two teams, with the Braves claiming four. The barrage was highlighted by another Alex Bernauer RBI double; this time, scoring two to make it 6-3.
Loudoun responded in the bottom half, slapping two on the scoreboard to cut the deficit to one.
In the top of the seventh, Chandler Miller’s single made way for an eventual defensive error, allowing Brett Norwood to score and extend the Braves’ lead.
The Riverdogs’ trio of runs in the eighth gave them the lead heading into the top of the ninth, where they needed just three outs; however, the Braves would not go quietly, tacking on the tying run in the form of a fielder’s choice that enabled Kyle Burger to cross the plate.
Despite the late-inning heroics, Loudoun’s Mason Scoville drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th to seal the hometown victory.
On the mound for the Braves, Garrett Lutkins’ outing was the highlight, as he tossed two innings of no-hit ball while striking out one in the process.
With the loss, the Braves settle to 4-4.
The club’s next game will be tomorrow, June 14 on the road against the Baltimore Dodgers with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m.