So when Porter walked two batters in the top of the first against Mountain View on Wednesday, it felt like a long beginning to an abbreviated outing.
Not this time. Porter threw a wild pitch in the first to help set up an RBI groundout for the Wildcats but walked no batters thereafter in tossing a five-hit complete game in the 3-1 nondistrict victory on a blustery evening.
“All you can do after you walk the first two guys is you’ve just go to let it all go,” said Porter, the Vikings’ fourth starter, who acknowledges that he at times has a tendency “to elongate innings. You’ve just got to keep grinding through it.”
“Usually when he starts off like that he doesn’t have a good game,” Upham said. “But he put it back together pretty well.”
Woodbridge (9-3), on a five-game winning streak in which it has outscored the opposition 54-4, took a 2-1 lead in the second on two-out RBI hits by Upham and senior Justin Petock, who reached base in all four plate appearances. That was about all they managed against Mountain View sophomore right-hander Sean Morgan.
Upham erased the potential tying run in the top of the sixth when he collected a pitch that had bounced off his right forearm and threw out a runner at third who had gotten a late start from second.
“I thought he would have had a better jump because that was clearly in the dirt from the start,” Upham said.
Mountain View Coach Craig Lopez thought that play might have been indicative of what he considered his team’s “spring break mentality.” The Wildcats (6-4) are on break this week and did not seem as sharp as usual, even when taking into account that three reserves started the game.
Lopez was none too pleased when he approached his team’s postgame huddle and heard laughter from some players.
“Wait at least until we get halfway home on the bus,” he said a few minutes later. “It should bother you that we just lost. Tomorrow’s practice will fix that.”
Woodbridge, which stranded 10 baserunners, tacked on another run in the sixth off Virginia Commonwealth-bound senior Craig Lopez, the son of the coach, who entered the game having struck out 16 batters in seven relief innings.
Porter doubled to lead off the sixth and two outs later moved up on a wild pitch and scored when junior Logan Farrar was hit by a pitch.
Woodbridge senior third baseman Hector Ortiz started an inning-ending 5-3 double play when Mountain View had two runners on and one out in the third, and his stop of a sharply hit grounder and clean throw to first accounted for the first out in seventh.
Woodbridge plays at No. 4 Hylton in a key Virginia AAA Cardinal District game Friday.